The new policy is a 'pre-emptive strike' to stamp out further spread of COVID-19
Following the detection of the Omicron variant in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced an expanded vaccination mandate for workers in the private sector that will take effect on December 17. Under the mandate, employees in the workplace with other co-workers should have their first jab by December 27. The policy is set to cover about 184,000 businesses, according to a media release. There will be no regular testing options for unvaccinated employees under the new policy, according to de Blasio, but the government would give medical and religious exemptions.