New York City to Require Its Health Care Workers to Get Vaccinated or Submit to Weekly Tests


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(CNN) — Workers at New York City’s public hospitals and health clinics will be required to either get vaccinated or take weekly Covid-19 tests, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday, as the city moves to lean harder on remaining vaccine holdouts. Speaking to CNN’s John Avlon on “New Day” Wednesday morning, de Blasio called the initiative “fair” and said he hoped it would push hesitant health care workers to get vaccinated rather than submit to repeated tests. “I understand why a lot of people are hearing misinformation and being affected by it, but enough is enough,” de Blasio said. “We need our health care workers to be vaccinated and it’s getting dangerous with the Delta variant.” “I think it’s time to do something different, and New York City is ready to lead the way. We’re saying, get vaccinated, or get tested weekly. And that’s fair,” he added. The city’s requirement will begin on Aug. 2 and those who refuse both options will be suspended without pay, he said in a press conference Wednesday. The requirement will apply to all staff in the city’s public Health + Hospitals (H+H) health care system and all clinical workers with the city’s health department,...