New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday that the city is expanding its Covid-19 vaccine mandate to include all city-contracted childcare and after-school staff.
The mandate will include workers at city-run pre-K and preschool programs, as well as after school and home-based childcare.
All city employees working in these settings will need to show proof-of-vaccination for at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine by Sept. 27, de Blasio said.
The mayor said the decision to expand the vaccine mandate to include childcare and after-school workers came after discussions with labor unions and leaders in the early childcare field in New York City.
Additionally, the mayor said that in-school vaccinations will be offered at all city schools with students aged 12 and over next week – comprising more than 700 schools across the five boroughs.
In-school vaccination will return to the schools the week of Oct. 4 to administer second doses, de Blasio said.