New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio, announced on Wednesday (July 21) that the city will require city health care workers to either get vaccinated or get tested weekly for COVID-19, as concerns grow about rapid increases in coronavirus cases.
Speaking from New York’s City Hall, de Blasio said the policy will start on August 2nd.
“Every single one of those employees has a choice: get vaccinated – the better choice – or get tested weekly. And at any point you can decide, ‘hey, I’m ready to get vaccinated.’ Then you don’t need to get tested weekly anymore,” de Blasio announced. “This is about keeping people safe and stopping the Delta variant. If we want to beat COVID once and for all, we have to stop the Delta variant.”
Earlier this week, de Blasio said there were no plans to reintroduce mask mandates.
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