The new rules, which go into effect Aug. 2, will apply to all employees of city-run hospitals and Health Department clinical workers.
The city plans to extend the new rules to additional Health Department staff in the coming weeks. Those employees will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative test result, the ANSA news agency reported.
The mayor emphasized that the new rules are an additional step to keep the city safe. “Each of those employees has a choice,” added De Blasio, noting that a vaccine was the better of two options: “It’s about keeping people safe and stopping the Delta variant.”
While the United States had no problems accessing inoculants, only half the population was vaccinated because the anti-vaccine movement is very strong and is putting herd immunity at risk.
States took various strategies to attract people to vaccination centers, from offering cash prizes of $ 1 million to a free dinner with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy.
New York City also offers incentives to those who receive the vaccine, who can choose between free tickets to Liberty Island, a free annual membership to Public Theater, or a $ 25 gift card to NYC Public Markets. .
In California, meanwhile, the Government offered 30 prizes of US $ 50,000 for Californians over 12 years of age who complete their vaccination, while in Washington they gave away marijuana cigarettes to those vaccinated of legal age.
Also in the states of Colorado, Delawere, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Oregon and West Virginia, prizes were offered with the aim of reaching 70% of the vaccinated population.