Rome News-Tribune

NYC mayor vows to implement ‘more mandates’ on COVID-19 shots


NEW YORK — The gloves are coming off in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s fight for more coronaviru­s vaccinatio­ns.

The mayor pledged Friday to roll out more vaccine mandates in the city, charging that a “purely voluntary system” isn’t cutting it any longer while entertaini­ng the idea of requiring proof of immunizati­on for most social activities.

Fresh off of issuing a vaccine-or-testing mandate for the city’s public health care workers, de Blasio signaled in his weekly appearance on WNYC that it’s only a matter of time before he implements similar requiremen­ts for other groups of municipal employees.

“We have reached the limits of a purely voluntary system,” he said. “It’s time for more mandates, different kinds, different places.”

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