Mayor Bill de Blasio insisted on Wednesday that his private-sector COVID-19 vaccine mandate is “going to work”, despite concerns from aides to mayor-elect Eric Adams, who say Heisner has stoked over his successor. Half messed up.
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During his press briefing, the lame-duck mayor dismissed a question from The Post about Adams’ aides, lamenting de Blasio’s Monday announcement that he would be returning four days from his last day in office. The first – starting on December 27 – are enforcing the requirement for a private commercial vaccine – and labeling it. An “If You” for Adams.
“I believe in him. I’m working closely with him, our teams are working together. I want to make sure I’m doing everything right now to keep this city safe and hand over this city to him.” Am [in] in the best possible way, and I’m absolutely convinced that this mandate is necessary and it’s going to work,” de Blasio said, noting that he himself is an ally of Adams and that the policy was “completely Beck’s”. Has been.
“It’s the right thing to do and it’s the right thing for the city and it’s the right thing for the next administration, and I look forward to the handoff coming and giving the mayor-elect the best possible opportunity to move forward.” On the basis.”
On Tuesday, a member of the next mayor’s class told The Post that he saw the private sector’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate as a giant middle finger for Adams – who will have to figure out when he takes office. How to handle the controversial new rule. 1. 1.
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“I think for an outgoing mayor to announce something like this knowing that implementation and enforcement will be entirely the responsibility of the next mayor, there is a real big ‘you,’” said a surrogate for Adams, currently Brooklyn borough president, reported. Post.
“I think whatever the outgoing mayor tries to implement at the 11th hour is really on the table. It will not be some long-standing policy that will need to be reserved.”
A city health official speculated that Adams would refuse to oversee tighter enforcement of the private sector’s mandate.
“He could have left it as an honor system,” the officer told The Post on Tuesday.
The uncertainty comes as de Blasio has admitted he does not have the details to enforce the vaccine requirement, in recent days promising to unveil more specific “guidelines” about the policy on December 15. .
In addition to mandatory vaccinations against COVID-19 — set to take effect December 27 for more than 184,000 businesses in the Big Apple — de Blasio revealed on Monday that children between the ages of 5 and 11 will soon be given access to restaurants, movie theaters, and more. and will need to present proof of vaccination. Other indoor locations. And for adults, entering multiple indoor settings in five cities would require two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
The current iteration of the “Keys to NYC” program requires only one vaccine dose and allows children under 12 to be taken with non-vaccinated adults in indoor locations where vaccines are needed. Is. The city activist’s coronavirus vaccine mandate went into effect in October.