Incoming New York City mayor Eric Adams revealed on Thursday that the private business vaccine mandate implemented by outgoing-Mayor Bill de Blasio will remain in effect when he assumes office on January 1.
However, Adams said instead of fines or its legal consequences his administration will focus more on the compliance of the order.
“I don’t want to be heavy-handed or punitive in this approach,” Adams said.
Meanwhile, on the same day, Adams appointed Frank Carone, a powerful lawyer in Brooklyn politics, to be his chief-of-staff.
Adams also said Health Commissioner Dr. David Chokshi will remain at his post through March.
He said the city will provide comprehensive testing and quarantine plan for public schools.
“The city will provide clear testing protocols for specific settings, including the private sector,” Adams said.
He added that the city will also be sending out millions of at-home tests to educators and students.
It was learned that the city will distribute an additional 2 million KN95 and other high-grade masks.
With regards to the call to make vaccines for kids mandatory, Adams said New York governor Kathy Hochul is the one who will decide that matter.
Moreover, Adams also urged people to return to working in-person to help the city’s economic recovery.
“As soon as we see a decline in the surge… it’s crucial to get as many of us back into office spaces as possible,” he said.
“We’re at the point where we must learn to live safely with covid,” he said.