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New York City will end its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private sector workers, Mayor Eric Adams announced Tuesday.

Instead, Adams strongly urged businesses to implement their own vaccine policies.

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The change will be effective from November 1.

In addition, effective immediately, vaccination is optional for students participating in sports and extra-curricular activities.

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“We are announcing additional flexibility for private employers, students, and parents, now more easily accessible, to keep New Yorkers safe from COVID-19,” Adams said in a statement. Citywide bivalent booster campaign.

Former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio implemented the then-first-in-the-nation mandate for private sector workers in December 2021. This mandate applied to approximately 184,000 businesses.

Also, he announced that children aged 5-11 would need to be vaccinated to participate in high-risk extracurricular activities such as bands, orchestras and dance.

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Under Adams’ leadership, vaccine requirements for indoor dining and entertainment have already been lifted.

Earlier this month, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced that it would begin lifting COVID-related restrictions, removing the mask mandate on public transportation.

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Hochul said the state is in a “very different place” than it was before during the ongoing pandemic and she was “optimistic”.