To ensure children are safe from the COVID-19 infection, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday that workers at city-contracted childcare centers and after-school programs in the five boroughs have until Sept. 27 to receive at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Based on de Blasio order employees at pre-k and 3k early learning, Cornerstone, and Beacon programs will need to provide documentation of a shot by the last Monday of the month.
“We’re going to announce an additional vaccine requirement, not just for those who work in our DOE buildings, but also expanding to all city contracted childcare and after school staff,” de Blasio said.
“All of these are so important in protecting our young people, and we want them to be in a safe place,” de Blasio added.
De Blasio gave the order after he announced on Aug. 23, an identical policy for all public school staff and teachers.
Based on the directive, workers at public schools and childcare sites will not have the option to receive a weekly test instead of getting inoculated against COVID-19.
Moreover, de Blasio revealed the 700 public school buildings where children 12 and up learn will be home to in-school vaccination sites when students return to classrooms for the school year on Monday.
He also ordered the release of a $35 million referral bonus program for doctors, to increase vaccination rates in low-income Big Apple neighborhoods where vaccination rates are comparatively low.