Outgoing New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has taken a bold and aggressive action against the deadly Omicron COVID variant.
On Monday, de Blasio has issued an order requiring children ages 5 to 11 to show proof of one vaccination dose to eat out, see a show, go to a movie theater, visit a fitness facility, or attend indoor entertainment venues by Dec. 14.
De Blasio on the same order also wants kids over age 12 to have two doses by Dec. 27 unless they received the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Sources said the mandate also applies to many school activities.
It was learned that kids over 5 must now be vaccinated to attend “high risk” extracurricular activities like band, sports, orchestra, and dance in schools.
The latest vaccine mandate of de Blasio earned criticism from various sectors of the community.
City Council Minority Leader Joe Borelli (R-Staten Island) said the vaccine mandate on kids is just very low.
“We know de Blasio is playing a sick game of political posturing in his quixotic run for governor, but to lump kids into the mandate is a new low,” Borelli said.
The latest health data from NY shows over 127,000 New Yorkers ages 5 to 11 are inoculated against COVID-19 or 19 percent of that age group.