New York City announced Monday that all public school teachers and staff will be required to get vaccinated.
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the mandate on Monday, saying that the new mandates would apply to any and all staff in New York City public schools. The first day of school in New York City is on Sept. 13, and all school staff members are now required to show proof of vaccination by Sept. 27.
"Schools last year, despite everything thrown at us, were the safest place in New York City," de Blasio said during the press conference. "It was unbelievable, a great effort. Everyone worked together. We had extraordinary low levels of COVID in our schools, and we want to build on that success."
The mayor previously stated in a radio interview with WNYC on Aug. 20 that a vaccine mandate for the city's school staff was being considered.
The mayor said his decision was made after considering the danger of the delta variant, which is more transmissible than previous strains of COVID-19. The mayor continued, adding that the mandate aimed to ensure that school environments will be safe for both students and staff.
It remains unclear what penalties staff members can expect if they fail to prove they were vaccinated by the deadline.
COVID-19 is still a threat to the state of New York as an average of 4,570 residents test positive for the virus daily, according to data compiled by the New York Times. The same data shows an average of 20.6 deaths per day statewide from the disease.
Currently, almost 64% of New York City residents have received at least their first vaccine dose, with approximately 57% fully vaccinated.
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