New York City Mandate

November 1, 2021
New York City Mandate

The department has not closed any firehouses.

NYC Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro denying reports of staffing shortages due to the city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
  • New York City, the largest city in America, has a vaccine mandate for city workers.
  • All workers must have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Monday, November 1, or face unpaid leave. The mayor's office says 91% of workers have received the vaccine – a jump from 83% on Friday.
  • However, the loss of even a small percentage of the city's workers can lead to a significant amount of service shortages. The NY Post estimates 24,000 people may stay home on Monday. Questions remain about what that means for firehouses, police patrol and sanitation – basic resources the city relies on.
  • The city itself has a relatively high vaccination rate – with 73% of New Yorkers receiving at least one dose of the vaccine.

Why It Matters: As the largest city in the nation, New York can serve as an example or bellwether of policies to come elsewhere.

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