Dec 30, 2021 - Health

Eric Adams: NYC private employer vaccine mandate will stay in place

Eric Adams

Eric Adams. Photo: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams announced during a press briefing Thursday that his administration will keep the city's vaccine mandate for private employers.

Why it matters: The mandate was announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio this month, who touted it as a "first-in-the-nation measure." The mandate went into effect on Monday and applies to approximately 184,000 businesses.

The big picture: Adams' announcement cleared up some lingering confusion about whether the mandate would remain in place once Adams takes office on Saturday, the New York Times reported.

  • “Our focus is vaccine and testing, vaccine and testing, vaccine and testing,” Adams said during the briefing.
  • “The private sector employer mandate will stay in effect in the New Year, with a focus on compliance, not punishment,” added Dave Chokshi, de Blasio’s health commissioner, who will remain in his position until March, per the Times.
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