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Mayor de Blasio Announces Health Worker COVID-Safe Requirement

July 21, 2021

Beginning August 2, City will require proof of vaccination or weekly COVID-19 tests for employees at city-run health care facilities 

NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Commissioner Dr. Dave A. Chokshi and NYC Health + Hospitals President and CEO Dr. Mitchell Katz today announced the Health Worker COVID-Safe Requirement. Beginning August 2, the City will require employees of NYC Health + Hospitals and employees working in Department of Health and Mental Hygiene clinical settings to provide either a one-time verification of immunization, or weekly proof of a negative COVID-19 test.   

“Vaccination is the key to beating COVID-19 and bringing our city back strong,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “The Health Worker COVID-Safe Requirement will ensure our hospitals and clinical settings are safe from COVID-19 and able to continue to serve all New Yorkers.”

“The path to New York City’s recovery runs through vaccination,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Dave A. Chokshi. “If you’re vaccinated, virtually every activity is safer and it continues to be the single most important precaution we can take to safely interact with the public and our colleagues.”

“I am proud of the role NYC Health + Hospitals has played during the COVID pandemic. Our facilities came together as a system to serve, help, and save New Yorkers,” said Mitchell Katz, MD, President and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals. “Now we must do everything possible to protect our patients and each other.  We hope the example of health care workers protecting their patients and protecting others will inspire others who have not yet gotten vaccinated to do so.”

Approximately 4.9 million New Yorkers have received at least one dose of the vaccine. There have been over 100,000 doses given from mobile vaccination sites, 280,000 doors knocked by canvassers, and 20,000 doses given in-home to anyone who needs it. There have also been more than $80,000 in Referral Bonuses given to community organizations. 

“I want to thank Mayor de Blasio for implementing this new vaccine and testing requirement for City healthcare workers. Our hospitals and clinics must be the safest workplaces in New York, and I hope this can be a successful model for similar efforts in both public and private workforces,” said Council Member Carlina Rivera, Chair of the Council’s Committee on Hospitals.


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