New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is grossly encouraging businesses within his city to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for their employees. What a blatant overstep of authority. Those workers have medical freedom and body autonomy to choose what they want to inject into their bodies. ESPECIALLY when it comes to an experimental vaccine that is not even FDA approved.
“I’m calling on all New York City employers, including our private hospitals, to move immediately to some form of mandate,” de Blasio stated during a radio interview on Friday. He urged employers to impose “whatever the maximum is you feel you can do. It will move the ball. It will get more people vaccinated.”
De Blasio last week mandated that all employees of the city’s public hospitals and health clinics be vaccinated against COVID-19 or receive mandatory regular testing.
The mayor’s order, announced Wednesday, will take effect August 2 and will cover Health and Hospitals Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s public clinic employees, according to the New York Daily News.
“We’re in a new era of COVID where there’ve been millions of people vaccinated and hospitalizations rates have gone down, but cases are rising and we need to make sure our health care facilities are as safe as possible,” a senior administration official told the New York Post on Tuesday, before the announcement. “That’s the logic.”
For employees who don’t take the shots, they’ll have to undergo weekly testing for COVID-19.
The Post said fewer than 60% of staffers within the Health and Hospital Department are fully vaccinated, even though they were the first people who could get the shots. That’s even below the number of city residents who have been fully vaccinated, which stands at just slightly above 64%.
“This is literally a matter of life and death,” de Blasio said Tuesday before the policy was unveiled. “At a certain point, personal responsibility actually matters.”
“So, we’ve been really nice, really communicative, really respectful,” the mayor added. “Come on people, it’s time to step forward — and we’re going to make that real clear.”
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