Mayor Announces Private Vaccination Mandate

December 15, 2021

Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced that he would mandate all private employers in New York City to require their staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 27, just days before his term ends. The Mayor described the mandate as a “preemptive strike” against a potential winter spike in COVID-19 cases and the Omicron variant. Mayor-elect Adams, who will assume office on January 1, has not taken a clear position on the issue. The mandate will likely face legal challenges.