How will NYC’s next mayor handle Covid vaccine requirements?

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Two men running to become New York City’s next mayor have different approaches to vaccinating the city’s workforce against Covid-19, after Mayor Bill de Blasio expanded a mandate to all workers in the city. would have vaccinated against a disease that has devastated the city. public servant.

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Democratic candidate Eric Adams – who is favored to win the general election on November 2 – believes the mayor’s action was “right”, he said during the first debate with his rival Republican Curtis Sliva.

Both men have been vaccinated, he said, but only Mr Adams – a Brooklyn borough president, former state legislator and retired New York City Police Department captain – said he would keep the rules. He said he would have previously consulted with unions, many of whom have criticized de Blasio for not enforcing the rules.


“We may never go back to the time when Covid struck the city,” he said, noting that he would also uphold the mandate requiring all police and fire department members to be vaccinated – and that Would agree to a “bench” for those who don’t comply.

“I would follow the rules if they were in place,” he said.

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Mr. Sliva – somewhat of a New York institution, as a radio personality and founder of the controversial Guardian Angels volunteer Metro Patrol, who has attended rallies opposing the city’s vaccine requirements during his mayoral campaign – has long The Republican candidate with the shot. “We don’t have enough police officers as it is to put unpaid officers on unpaid leave”, he said.

He also opposes the Covid-19 vaccine requirements for public school students, noting that he has three sons in public schools and would not like to give any parent a reason to keep their child at home; He did not respond to a question about other types of vaccines required for children entering school.

Mr Adams said he would “follow the science” when it comes to upcoming guidance on vaccinating children aged 5-11 years, and that he plans to introduce a distance learning program for students with refusing parents. Will be open to options.

The two men clashed earlier this week over vaccine requirements, as Mr. Adams promised to put a requirement for public school students, the Food and Drug Administration, to give vaccines full approval for their use in children. needed.

“I want my kids in school. I don’t want them home because we have a massive outbreak,” he said earlier this week.

Mayor de Blasio’s initiative, announced on October 20, will give city workers a $500 bonus in their salaries after their first shot at a city-run vaccination site until October 29. By the end of the month, city employees must provide proof that they have had at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine or are placed on leave unless they can demonstrate that they have a Got shot.

He said on October 20 that the city’s previous efforts to promote vaccination had helped more than 70 percent of municipal workers get vaccinated. Of the 300,000 workers, about 46,000 did not have the vaccine.

About 95 percent of the city’s hospital staff, along with 96 percent of public school staff, have already been vaccinated.

Roughly 70 percent of the NYPD and 60 percent of the FDNY are vaccinated, according to city data, showing that both agencies fall below the citywide average of 84 percent.

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