NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio considers mandating BOOSTER shots for restaurants and concert venues as Omicron continues to spread

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  • Mayor Bill de Blasio and NY Governor Cathy Hochul both said they would consider tightening COVID vaccine mandates to allow entry in some places.
  • De Blasio said he is considering mandates that would require people eating indoors or attending concerts to get two shots of the vaccine and booster
  • Currently, 81 percent of New York City adults have been fully vaccinated, while 89 percent of New Yorkers have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • De Blasio said he is still concerned about the Delta variant spreading in the winter months when New Yorkers are forced to stay indoors
  • Governor Hochul said she is open to the new mandate, but wants to wait until more information is available about Omicron.

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Outgoing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he is considering mandating COVID booster shots for restaurants and concerts as the Omicron variant spread to different countries around the world after it emerged last month.

After officials confirmed that five people in New York state have tested positive for the Omicron variant, both de Blasio and New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said they are looking to tighten vaccine mandates to allow entry in some places. Will consider.

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“As with all of our approaches to COVID, we are going to update them as we approach some new challenges,” de Blasio said on Friday. ‘We will continue to regularly update policies to address this challenge.’

The mysterious origins of a heavily mutated strain of Covid have puzzled experts as South African scientists alerted the world that existed last week.

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De Blasio said he is considering mandates that would require people eating indoors or attending concerts to get two shots of the vaccine and booster

Governor Hochul said she is open to the new mandate, but wants to wait until more information is available about Omicron.

Governor Hochul said she is open to the new mandate, but wants to wait until more information is available about Omicron.

De Blasio said he is considering mandates that would require people eating indoors or attending concerts to get two shots of the vaccine and booster

De Blasio said he is considering mandates that would require people eating indoors or attending concerts to get two shots of the vaccine and booster

Omicron has 32 mutations on its spike protein alone, about five times more than Delta, and there are concerns that its highly divergent nature could make it more permeable and that vaccines would be less effective at preventing infection.

Six more US states confirmed yesterday’s infection, experts said, but the potential for a delta strain remains a major threat as winter begins and Americans gather for the holidays.

New Jersey, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Utah each reported their first cases on Friday.

Missouri was awaiting CDC confirmation of a case involving a St. Louis resident who had recently traveled within the United States.

De Blasio, whose last day as mayor is New Year’s Day, said he is also considering mandates that require proof of having received a COVID booster shot, in addition to already receiving two doses of the vaccine. To provide that would require people to eat indoors or attend concerts. , ns New York Daily News informed of.

The city currently needs proof of a shot. Currently the city needs to provide proof of a shot.

“It will be seen alongside a range of other works because it’s really dynamic right now,” de Blasio said.

Currently, 81 percent of New York City adults have been fully vaccinated, while 89 percent of New Yorkers have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to city data.

While the Omicron version was a priority, de Blasio said he is still concerned about the Delta version spreading through the winter months when New Yorkers are forced to stay indoors.

Hochul said she is open to the new mandate as well, but wants to wait until more information is available about Omicron.

‘I don’t know enough about this version. I’m not going to overreact, but I can react quickly if we need to,’ she said on Thursday as she broke her fingers.

Public health experts are still assessing the risks of Omicron, which has several disturbing mutations that suggest it can spread quickly and potentially evade immunity from vaccines or prior infections.

Incoming Mayor Eric Adams said he would reconsider de Blasio’s vaccine mandate once he takes office.

During an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe earlier this month, he said, ‘Masks are essential that we stay in place because we’re doing an amazing job at that. ‘And we need to rethink how we address vaccine mandates. What I’m going to encourage him to do is sit down with the unions. We can do this.

‘It is a very difficult moment but an opportunity to sit down with the unions. I spoke to some Sangh leaders yesterday and they are ready to sit.

Despite the strain being seen in 38 countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that no one has died with the new super mutant.

The Omicron variant was discovered by South African health officials last week, and while not much is known about it yet, it has recently been found to be 2.4 times more infectious than previous variants.

Due to its high number of mutations, it is also believed to be vaccine avoidable, although most cases are very mild.

While de Blasio considers tightening citywide mandates for food and concerts, he’s still working on vaccinating hundreds of corrections officers.

On Monday, the city’s Department of Corrections reported 77 percent of its uniformed staff — about 6,000 people — had received at least one vaccine dose, up five percent from Monday last week.

The number of immunization reform officers has increased by 31 percent since Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a vaccine mandate for the city’s municipal workers on October 20, Patrick Gallahu, press secretary for the Department of Corrections, told DailyMail.com.

City hall officials said Wednesday afternoon that 570 workers could be placed on leave without pay for failing to comply with the mandate, but not until those corrections officers show up for scheduled shifts and show proof of vaccination. Till then they will not know the exact number.

The deadline for vaccination of prison personnel was delayed by a month due to the existing staff shortage.

Officials said workers who did not apply for exemptions and who failed to show proof of vaccination by 5 p.m. Tuesday were to be placed on unpaid leave and surrender any firearms and protective gear issued by the city Was.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, who had already implemented similar mandates for other city workers, said he expected vaccination rates to rise as workers start missing paychecks or declined their requests for exemptions. goes.

“I expect that number to increase a lot in the coming days,” de Blasio told reporters in a virtual news conference on Wednesday.

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