New York – New York City will force workers in its public medical centers and hospitals to get vaccinated or tested for coronavirus every week, a measure that seeks to mitigate the fact that about a third of healthcare workers from the metropolis have not been inoculated.
According to local media, the mayor of the city, Bill de Blasio, will announce this Wednesday the decision, which will take effect in August and which comes when an increase in coronavirus cases is being recorded throughout the United States with the advance of the delta variant.
This is the first measure imposed by De Blasio in New York that requires city officials to prove they are vaccinated or to submit a recent negative test for COVID-19.
The new rule is estimated to affect more than 10% of the 300,000 people who work for New York City.
At the moment, it is unknown if in the future it will be applied to other officials, such as police officers, teachers or drivers of means of transport, or if it will end up being applied only to workers in medical centers.
“It’s about safety in the healthcare setting,” explained De Blasio’s press secretary, Bill Neidhardt.
Specifically, the rule will apply to the 11 hospitals managed by New York City, including those in Bellevue and Elmhurst, as well as clinics and nursing homes.
Some 2 million adult New Yorkers have yet to receive any doses of the coronavirus vaccine, despite the efforts of authorities who have vaccinated New Yorkers in their own residences, and have offered the injections at temporary centers located on the subway network. or in museums.
Currently, fewer than 10,000 New Yorkers are receiving the first dose of the vaccine, despite the fact that the number of new daily cases soared to 600 last week, more than double what was recorded last June.