The vaccination mandate for all private sector employees in New York went into effect on Monday, requiring proof of inoculation for all workers.
All private sector companies should require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all employees and prepare documents for municipal authorities to inspect, according to NBC New York.
Companies that do not comply with the mandate will face a fine starting at $1,000, according to ABC 7.
While talking to a Monday press conferenceNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) said New York’s mandate is the “strongest vaccine mandate in the world.”
The warrant was first announced Dec. 6, four days after New York reported its first case of the omicron variant, NBC notes.
De Blasio was criticized for the strict mandate, but the mayor insisted it was necessary to avoid the omicron variant and wintry weather pushing people indoors during the holidays.
The New York mayor defended the mandate at the press conference, saying, “COVID is bad for humans, it’s bad for our health, and it’s bad for business.”
De Blasio also said at the press conference that “180,000 New Yorkers have received this reminder since Tuesday” and praised the city’s reminder incentive program, which was announced last week and will continue until ‘at the end of the year.
De Blasio also said 2 million New Yorkers received a vaccine booster in total, and said “that’s how we get people vaccinated.”
BREAKING: 179,700 New Yorkers have received their booster shot since the $100 incentive was announced last week, bringing the citywide boosted total to nearly 2 million.
— New York City (@nycgov) December 27, 2021
In addition to the private sector mandate, the city will also begin requiring anyone over the age of 12 to show proof of having two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in order to attend indoor entertainment, dine in inside or entering gymnasiums, ABC 7 reports.
Exceptions to this will be people who have received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.