(NewsReady.com) – Even as courts push back against the Biden administration’s attempts to impose vaccine mandates on government employees, a Democrat mayor is trying to make businesses act as enforcers. On December 6, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) issued a vaccine mandate for all private-sector workers in the city.
NYC Mayor de Blasio Announces Vaccine Mandate for PRIVATE Sector https://t.co/h03DQrpMD8
— Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) December 6, 2021
Calling the move a “preemptive strike” against the new Omicron variant of COVID-19, de Blasio said the mandate will come into force on December 27 and will affect around 184,000 businesses. At the same time, de Blasio also announced an expansion of the “Key to NYC” program, which forces New Yorkers to show a vaccination certificate if they want to enter bars, gyms or entertainment venues.
From December 14, the scheme will apply to 5- to 11-year-old children, who’ve been exempt up to now, and everyone aged 12 or older will have to show proof of 2 vaccine doses. Right now, a single shot is enough.
The vaccine mandate is a bold move by de Blasio, who’s due to step down on January 1. He’s calling it a “first in the nation measure,” but judges are blocking mandates issued by the federal government for healthcare workers and public employees across the nation.
Last week, courts in Louisiana and Missouri threw up new obstacles to Biden’s plans – and their rulings cover dozens of states. A controversial Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) mandate that would’ve applied to all businesses with more than 100 employees was shot down by a federal court in mid-November. The Supreme Court is already examining one New York vaccine mandate; de Blasio has picked a shaky branch to climb out on.
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