August 2, 2021
WHEREAS, the COVID-19 pandemic poses a danger to the health and safety of the City of New York and its residents;
WHEREAS, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”) reports that new variants of COVID-19, identified as “variants of concern,” have emerged in the United States, and some of these new variants which currently account for the majority of COVID-19 cases sequenced in New York City, are more transmissible;
WHEREAS, the CDC has stated that vaccination is an effective tool to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and benefits both vaccine recipients and those they come into contact with, including persons who for reasons of age, health, or other conditions cannot themselves be vaccinated; and
WHEREAS, an individual is considered fully vaccinated two or more weeks following receipt of a second dose in a 2-dose series of a COVID- 19 vaccine, or 2 or more weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine;
NOW, THEREFORE, by the power vested in me as the Mayor of the City of New York, it is hereby ordered:
Section 1. All persons newly hired for employment by any City agency must provide proof of having received at least one dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine prior to beginning their employment, except for those who obtain an exception due to medical or religious reasons through the reasonable accommodation process.
§ 2. After receiving a conditional offer of employment from a City agency, an applicant for employment must provide proof of having received at least one dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine within a reasonable period of time. Failure by the applicant to provide the agency with proof of having received at least one dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine will result in the agency revoking the conditional offer, unless the applicant obtains an exception through the reasonable accommodation process.
§ 3. Any person to whom this Order applies, who begins their employment after providing proof of having received only one dose in a 2-dose series of a COVID-19 vaccine, will also be required to provide their City agency with proof of receipt of a second dose within 30 days of the first dose. Failure to do so will result in termination.
§ 4. The Department of Citywide Administration Services shall promulgate guidance to agencies regarding this Order immediately.
§ 5. This Order shall take effect immediately.
Bill de Blasio,