Jul 26, 2021 - Health

NYC to require COVID vaccination or weekly testing for city workers

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Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday that all city workers will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine or else participate in weekly testing by Sept. 13.

Why it matters: The announcement comes as COVID-19 cases have risen to more than 800 per day in the city, more than triple the daily average in June, the New York Times reports.

  • New York City announced a similar mandate last week for public health care workers in city-run hospitals and clinics.

By the numbers: The requirement would apply to roughly 340,000 city workers, including teachers and police officers.

  • Nearly 5 million New Yorkers have received at least one dose of the vaccines, and 2 million adult New Yorkers are still unvaccinated.
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