July 4, 2022

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio removes testing option saying city employees will go on unpaid leave if they can’t prove they’ve been vaccinated

New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) made a substantial move to change the coronavirus vaccine mandate by removing the option for workers to receive consistent testing if they didn’t wish to receive the vaccine. 

According to a report by Breitbart News, de Blasio has threatened city workers with unpaid leave if they don’t revise the treatment in just over a week, by October 29.

There is, however, a carrot offered to those who receive at least one of the shots. City workers will receive a $500 incentive if they do get the shot by 5 p.m. on the 29th, while those who don’t will be sent home until they can show proof of vaccination. 

Details on the new plan were in a statement from de Blasio on Wednesday where he said, “There is no greater privilege than serving the people of New York City, and that privilege comes with a responsibility to keep yourself and your community safe.”

“We have led the way against COVID-19 – from fighting for the right to vaccinate frontline workers, to providing nation-leading incentives, to creating the Key to NYC mandate. As we continue our recovery for all of us, city workers have been a daily inspiration. Now is the time for them to show their city the path out of this pandemic once and for all,” the mayor went on.

Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Melanie Hartzog was also quoted in the official statement from the mayor’s office, saying, “Vaccinations are critical to combatting the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This mandate is a bold step that protects our families, friends, and communities, including those that are not yet eligible for the vaccine such as our City’s youngest residents. It builds on our continued leadership and innovative strategies to fighting this pandemic and bring us a step closer to a recovery for all. Thank you to the dedicated City workforce for your continued service throughout this pandemic.”

The previously conciliatory attitude about vaccinations so prevalent when the shots were first being developed is now long gone, and increasing numbers of entities, including city, state, and federal governments are pushing mandates on citizens. 

Mayor de Blasio made an appearance on MSNBC on Wednesday where he said that “The voluntary phase was very long. Now we’re saying we need you to do this.”

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