NYC mayor Bill de Blasio hinted that the city will be pushing towards vaccinating their entire workforce, including the public sector, while announcing a new vaccine-or-test mandate for municipal workers.
He warned that the days of voluntary vaccines are nearing an end and thinks it’s time to push for mandates for the public.
“We’ve got to shake people at this point and say, ‘Come on now.’ We tried voluntary. We could not have been more kind and compassionate. Free testing, everywhere you turn, incentives, friendly, warm embrace. The voluntary phase is over,” de Blasio remarked.
“We can keep doing those things. I’m not saying shut it down. I’m saying voluntary alone doesn’t work,” he continued. “It’s time for mandates, because it’s the only way to protect our people.”
During a Tuesday interview, he hinted that all city employees would likely be required to get vaccinated to maintain their jobs in the future, when asked by MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough.
“Yes, we are climbing a ladder. I’m not answering yes to your question yet,” he said. “But if that’s not enough, I think we got to be ready to climb the ladder more, we’ve got to put pressure on this situation.”
Last week he ordered public healthcare workers to get the jab by August 2nd, or begin submitting to weekly testing, which will expand to all city employees, including the NYPD and school workers by September 13th.
“We all know the Delta variant has thrown us a curveball,” de Blasio said during his Monday briefing. “This is about our recovery, this is what we need to do to bring back New York City, this is about keeping people safe.”
Additionally, unvaccinated city workers will be required to wear masks indoors at all times, or be sent home without pay for the day if they do not comply.