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City to Require Children to be Vaccinated in Order to Go to Restaurants, Movies

COVID-19 Vaccine (Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)

Dec. 6, 2021 By Allie Griffin

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday a major expansion of the city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

Children will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to go to a restaurant or movie starting later this month. All private-sector employees will also be mandated to get the shot.

The city will require children aged 5 to 11 to show proof of at least one vaccine dose — beginning Dec. 14 — in order to patronize indoor restaurants, fitness centers and entertainment and performance venues. To date, about 19 percent of New York City children — 127,000 kids — aged 5 to 11 have received at least one dose.

De Blasio is also stepping up the requirement for adults.

New Yorkers 12 and older will be required starting Dec. 27 to show proof of two vaccine doses (except those who got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) for indoor dining, fitness centers and entertainment venues — instead of just one dose.

De Blasio announced that the city is also expanding its vaccination requirement to include private-sector employees who are not already covered by its current mandate. The “first-in-the-nation,” private-sector vax mandate will take effect on Dec. 27 and will apply to all employees who are working in person.

The mayor said the city will release more detailed guidance on the mandate for private businesses on Dec. 15.

De Blasio announced the “aggressive” vaccine measures as more cases of the new Omicron variant have been detected in New York City. He said the measures are necessary to avoid another wave of COVID-19 and subsequent business shutdowns.

“We are taking aggressive actions today,” de Blasio said during a press briefing Monday. “We are not going back to what happened in 2020.”

About 82 percent of adults in New York City have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to city data. De Blasio credited the city’s existing vaccine mandate for the high percentage.

“Vaccination works and vaccine mandates work,” he said. “That’s the bottom line.”

City workers, as well as employees at restaurants, fitness centers, indoor entertainment venues, childcare providers and private schools, are already required to be vaccinated.

De Blasio described the new, sweeping vaccine mandate as a “preemptive strike” ahead of an expected increase in COVID-19 cases due to the Omicron variant, cold weather and upcoming holiday gatherings.

“We need to take very bold action, aggressive action to address these new threats,” he said. “It’s Omicron; it’s cold weather — which we know presents a real challenge with COVID in every form; it’s the holiday gatherings coming up.”

De Blasio announced the expansion of the city’s vaccine mandate with less than a month left in office.

The mandate and its enforcement will soon fall into the hands of Mayor-elect Eric Adams, who will take over on Jan. 1. His spokesperson told news outlets that Adams will evaluate the order once he is in office.

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Tina

In my country they are requiring citizens to get a booster 3 months after the second dose which you get 14 days after first dose. That’s 5 shots a year.

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2nd grade math graduate

Uhmmm, no, thats 2 shots, and then a booster every 3 months. So, 5 shots. (2 initial shots, then boosters every 3 months for the foreseeable future.)

5 shots the first year, then 4 shots per year from then onwards. (12 months per year, 1 shot every 3 months = 4 shots per year.)

Unless you are using common core math. Then maybe you might come up with a different answer.

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Upside Down Clown World

So let me get this straight…
The “Protected” need to be protected from the ‘Unprotected’ by forcing the ‘Unprotected’ to take protection that isn’t protecting the ‘Protected’?
Makes perfect sense to me!

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Clambake

Uh, yeah.

Measles, Mumps, Rubella and other vaccines are required for kids to go to public schools. This should be no different. And require them to get flu vaccines annually while we’re at it.

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lobster ravioli

except the MMR shot is an actual vaccine…you are completely immune forever from those diseases…this covid shot has not been fully approved and you can still get infected…these people do not follow science and do not accept that natural immunity from previous infection is even better protection…

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Crabtree

What the eff are you on about? Covid vaxx should be required for kids in schools. Enough of this stupidity.

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CDC does not mandate...

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends, but does not mandate, regular immunization against 16 diseases from birth through age 18. On the state level, many of these vaccines are required for school enrollment from kindergarten through 12th grade, though there are exemptions for religious, medical, and other reasons.

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Crabtree

Yes. I am saying our locality should mandate it, like the others. I don’t want my kids catching any of these diseases from someone whose too stupid or brainwashed to get vaccinated.

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