New York vaccination mandate begins for private and religious school workers as state battles record COVID count – CBS New York


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – New York’s COVID cases hit another record for a third day in a row on Sunday, likely fueled by the Omicron variant.

Now, two new vaccination mandates are coming into effect in the city, affecting tens of thousands of people working with children.

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Manhattan has the highest COVID rate among the five boroughs, but officials say that’s in part because of the increase in testing.

“I am absolutely confident in the ability of our health care system to support this new surge,” confident Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Sunday, the same day the state set another one-day record for COVID. The positivity rate is now 8.4%, with nearly 22,500 cases. “We expect the next few weeks to see a very, very large increase in the number of cases, more than what we’ve seen before. And then we expect it to wear off after a while. “

On Monday, two new immunization warrants come into effect for all staff working in a child care program and, like teachers in public schools, staff in Catholic schools, yeshivot and other private schools are due. also have at least their first vaccine.

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Mayor-elect Eric Adams was asked on CNN if he would require booster shots for employees early in his term.

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“I think we can come to this. I cannot continue to stress that this is a moving target and that we should not be so strict and unwilling to pivot when necessary, ”he said.

Adams said decisions made over the next two weeks could determine the city’s success for the next two years. For starters, he and the current mayor say they will step up testing this week – starting Tuesday, when they open new testing sites in each borough.

“We’re adding 17 mobile units this week, we’re expanding the hours, we’ve got our wait time tracking system,” said Dr. Ted Long, director of the NYC Test and Trace Corps. “We distribute home test kits and work with community organizations. “

To reduce hospitalizations, the city is also investing $ 10 million in a media campaign to encourage vaccinations and reminders.

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It comes as rapid in-home COVID tests continue to sell at drugstores, along with long lines at test tents and brick-and-mortar locations.

“I had a friend who waited two hours today on the East Side, and before he got to his house they pulled the line in,” said Josh Ellis, a Manhattan resident.

“I had to make an appointment for the next day,” said Siddharth Konde, a Manhattan resident.

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The mayor said the New Years celebration in Times Square is still underway, given vaccinations are mandatory and it’s outside, but he’ll make a final decision before Christmas.


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