‘Make them. Do it.’ New Yorkers respond to de Blasio’s intrusive new mandate

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is eager to leave his Herman Munster-sized footprint on the city as he prepares to head out the door when his term ends on Dec. 31.

His farewell to the city – which has miraculously tolerated him for eight years – comes in the form of a vaccine mandate for private-sector employees, and if that weren’t enough, he’s dictating that all children ages 5-11 get vaccinated and show proof of such for indoor dining, gymnasiums and sporting events as well.

The mandate goes into effect two days after Christmas on the 27th, and reactions from the NYC public to the edict span the entire spectrum from yea to nay.

“It’s about time,” one New Yorker named Nancy told Fox News.

“I’m not a fan of the mayor, but at this point in time, I really don’t care who makes these sweeping mandates,” she continued. “Make them. Do it.”


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One man who agreed with the private sector mandate said, “At this point… if you’re not vaccinated, what are you doing?”

“I think it’s a good idea,” said another woman.

De Blasio has billed the mandate as a “preemptive strike” against the new Omicron variant of COVID-19; a variant that has caused exactly zero deaths so far, and for which the symptoms are reportedly mild.

“We’ve got Omicron as a new factor, we’ve got the colder weather, which is really going to create additional challenges with the delta variant, we’ve got holiday gatherings,” de Blasio said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“We in New York City have decided to use a preemptive strike to really do something bold to stop the further growth of COVID and the dangers it’s causing to all of us,” the mayor said.

“As of today, we are going to announce a first in the nation measure, our health commissioner will announce a vaccine mandate for private sectors employers across the board,” he added. “All private sectors employers in New York City will be covered by this vaccine mandate, as of December 27th.”

One NYC resident, who disagreed with the new decree said, “It’s going to be a disaster.”

“People have to have choice,” she continued, questioning the motivations of de Blasio and pondering, “I think that he has his own agenda right now. We know that there’s a new mayor coming in, so why is he doing it now?…because he wants to run for president?”

Reacting to the arguably non-sensical insistence that young children be subjected to the new rules, one dissenter said, “I think it’s pretty well known that [COVID-19 is] not a big threat to children of that age, so to force the vaccine on people that young is a bit crazy.”

But another who was in favor of children receiving the vaccine asserted, “They spread it. And even if they’re not getting terribly sick themselves, they can spread it to somebody who can get very sick.”

A woman who works in health care agreed, saying, “Some people might object to their child being vaccinated, but I think that it’s better for the country to have everyone who’s eligible to just have that protection and not be able to spread the disease further.”

In addition to the new strictures, de Blasio is putting a chicken in every pot and two shots in every arm, where the previous mandate required only one vaccination shot to be in compliance.

Frank Webster

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