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.”
(Video: Fox News)
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.
NYC is a global leader when it comes to #COVID19 recovery. We’ve proven that with vaccine mandates and incentives, we can beat this virus.
Now we’re taking another step towards the future — a private sector employee vaccine mandate. Together we can save lives and move forward. https://t.co/SjxNUla4oJ
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) December 6, 2021
Vaccine-only strategy is unmitigated disaster. We are losing. Need mask mandate, remote school & work options, paid quarantine and sick leave
— Incindery 🔥 (@Incindery1) December 6, 2021
Needs to start today, not after Christmas when it will be too late to stop Omicron.
— Janice Kirkwood (@janicekirkwood) December 6, 2021
Omicron is here already. Mild symptoms for those who are vaccinated. Be safe and chill out.
— Joel K. (@JoelYK) December 6, 2021
This is nonsense. Cases rise with a seasonal virus but with high vaccination rates, your cases are still rising but a mandate is needed despite the city’s high vax rate? Seems like a changing narrative that won’t work. Poor leadership.
— RWFan (@RedwingsFan19) December 6, 2021
So just to clarify, 5 yr old children who have been wearing masks for almost 2 years will now need to also take vaccine cards with them everywhere they go this winter just in case they want to… eat inside?!
— Sam Ponder (@samponder) December 6, 2021
Are you insane? This is the NAIL in the COFFIN of the city’s tourism recovery, since most of our peer countries are not vaccinating children 5-11 at all, and many Americans won’t either. You might as well adopt “Families Not Welcome” as a new advertising slogan.
Are. You. High.
— Shea (@shearogersnyc) December 6, 2021
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