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New York, NY (77WABC) — Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to announce Wednesday all NYC health workers will either be required to be vaccinated or receive weekly COVID tests.
The new policy is expected to apply to employees at city-run hospitals as well as nursing homes and clinics.
Health officials are urging the public to get vaccinated at a time when the highly contagious delta variant is spreading and hospitalizations and infections are on the rise.
Workers in New York City public hospitals and city-run clinics will be required to get vaccinated or take weekly Covid tests, the mayor’s spokesman said. https://t.co/jjAME1lhWV
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Mayor Bill de Blasio’s press secretary Bill Neidhardt on Tuesday told the New York Times city-run hospital and health clinic workers will be subject to the policy, which is set to take effect at the beginning of August.
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“It’s all about the safety of a health care setting,” Neidhardt said to the New York Times.
Eleven city-run hospitals will enact the new rule, including Bellevue and Elmhurst hospitals, the outlet reported. Some New York City Department of Health employees will also have to heed the mandate, according to the Times Article.
Nearly a third of staffers at Big Apple hospitals are still unvaccinated — more than nine months into the campaign to inoculate medical workers and all New Yorkers against COVID-19.
The figures compiled by the state Health Department also show that nearly 40 percent of hospital staff across three boroughs have either refused or have not received their COVID-19 vaccine.
The vaccination rate among hospital workers was only 61 percent for those in the Bronx, 62 percent in Brooklyn and 64 percent in Staten Island, state statistics received through July 14 found.
Even in hospital-heavy Manhattan, just 76 percent of workers were vaccinated — matching the statewide average. That means one in four medical staffers are still unvaccinated.
Mayor de Blasio is expected to make the announcement during his daily press briefing on Wednesday morning.