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NYC To Require Vaccines Or Weekly Testing For City Workers

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FILE - In this Wednesday, March 24, 2021, file photo, Pre-K students arrive for the school day at Phyl's Academy, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York City will require all of its municipal workers — including teachers and police officers — to get coronavirus vaccines by mid-September or face weekly COVID-19 testing, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday, July 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, Pool, File)

(AP) — New York City will require all municipal workers to get coronavirus vaccines by mid-September or face weekly COVID-19 testing.

The move announced Monday by Mayor Bill de Blasio follows last week’s announcement mandating vaccinations or weekly testing for public health care workers as the city battles a rise in COVID-19 cases fueled by the highly contagious delta variant.

About 65% of adults in the city are fully vaccinated, but new vaccinations have plunged since a peak in early April. Some of the unions representing city workers are balking at the new policy. They say the city can’t impose the requirement without negotiations.

 

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