NEW YORK, NY – New York City has announced that all new hires for city jobs will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 Mayor Bill De Blasio said.
“The COVID-19 pandemic poses a danger to the health and safety of the City of New York and its residents, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”) reports that new variants of COVID-19, identified as “variants of concern,” have emerged in the United States, and some of these new variants which currently account for the majority of COVID-19 cases sequenced in New York City, are more transmissible,” De Blasio said in his executive order signed on Monday.
“The CDC has stated that vaccination is an effective tool to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and benefits both vaccine recipients and those they come into contact with, including persons who for reasons of age, health, or other conditions cannot themselves be vaccinated; and an individual is considered fully vaccinated two or more w eeks following receipt of a second dose in a 2-dose series of a COVID- 19 vaccine, or 2 or more weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine.
According to the new directive, all persons newly hired for employment by any City agency must provide proof of having received at least one dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine prior to beginning their employment, except for those who obtain an exception due to medical or religious reasons through the reasonable accommodation process.
After receiving a conditional offer of employment from a City agency, an applicant for employment must provide proof of having received at least one dose of an approved COVID19 vaccine within a reasonable period of time. Failure by the applicant to provide the agency with proof of having received at least one dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine will result in the agency revoking the conditional offer unless the applicant obtains an exception through the reasonable accommodation process.
Any person to whom this Order applies, who begins their employment after providing proof of having received only one dose in a 2-dose series of a COVID-19 vaccine, will also be required to provide their City agency with proof of receipt of a second dose within 30 days of the first dose. Failure to do so will result in termination.
This order takes effect immediately.