NEW YORK — Non-public sector employees in New York Metropolis have lower than two weeks to get at the very least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine below a mandate issued final week by Mayor Invoice de Blasio.
On Wednesday, the mayor outlined new steerage for employees and employers forward of the deadline and promised to offer clear, simple directions on-line to assist enterprise homeowners navigate the brand new requirement.
Employees should provide their employer with proof of at the very least one dose of a COVID vaccine by Dec. 27. Staff with just one dose of Pfizer or Moderna shall be required to offer proof of their second shot inside 45 days.
Employers, in the meantime, should maintain a file of every workers’ vaccination proof in addition to documentation for any authorized affordable lodging.
Anybody searching for an affordable lodging to not adjust to the mandate should apply by way of their employer by Dec. 27. Staff can proceed to work whereas their lodging utility is processed.
Employers should not permit any unvaccinated employees to return to their office after the Dec. 27 deadline, except they’ve utilized for affordable lodging.
Employers can even must fill out a certificate provided by the city affirming they’re in compliance with the vaccine mandate and submit it in a public place.
If an employer suspects an worker of offering pretend or falsified proof of vaccination, they’ll name 311 or file a grievance on-line; name 833-VAX-SCAM (833-829-7226); or e mail STOPVAXFRAUD@well being.ny.gov.
As for enforcement, de Blasio stated if the town finds an issue with a enterprise’ compliance, they are going to ask the employer to repair or handle the problem. Utilizing the town’s Key to NYC vaccine mandate for eating places, gyms and leisure venues as some extent of reference, the mayor stated he’s seen only a few instances wherein penalties had been wanted for noncompliance.
The objective, de Blasio stated, is to not penalize employers however to get folks vaccinated and keep away from hurtful mitigation efforts equivalent to industry-wide shutdowns throughout spikes in COVID instances and hospitalizations.
Town Well being Division additionally outlined some exceptions to the non-public sector vaccine mandate, together with:
- Individuals who work alone — at house or in any other case — and don’t have in-person contact with co-workers, the general public or others.
- Individuals who enter a office briefly for a restricted goal, equivalent to to make use of the lavatory.
- Performing artists, school or skilled athletes — and anybody who accompanies them — who don’t stay in New York Metropolis.
- Individuals who have requested affordable lodging for medical or spiritual causes.
For extra details about the non-public sector vaccine mandate, together with steerage for non-employee employees equivalent to contractors, go to nyc.gov/vaxtowork.