Mayor-elect Eric Adams said Thursday that he will keep New York City’s vaccine mandate for businesses and that the city will set a spring deadline on whether to have a new vaccine mandate for public school students, the AP reports.
Adams made the announcements at a press conference in which he laid out details of his sweeping plan to fight COVID-19 when he assumes office on Jan. 1.
Adams said the private-sector vaccine mandate that was put in place by Mayor Bill de Blasio this month will stay in effect in 2022, with a focus on “compliance, not punishment.”
The mayor-elect said he’d work closely with stakeholders to ensure compliance. “I don’t believe we need to be heavy handed with our businesses; COVID has been heavy handed enough with our businesses,” he said.
While the city will use a “light-handed approach” and support businesses that are attempting to comply with the mandate, businesses that are “recklessly not complying” will be fined, Adams said.
Adams also announced that the city will set a spring deadline for a decision on whether to have a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for public school students.
He said he’s been talking with Gov. Kathy Hochul about the possibility of mandating vaccinations for students, since it would be a state decision.
“Right now, we don’t believe the rates in schools call for that,” Adams said.