The newly appointed New York City health commissioner has a different stance on the mask mandate for kids younger than 5 to his immediate boss Mayor Eric Adams.
Dr. Ashwin Vasan revealed that he wants to keep the mask mandate among kids under five years old if he can have the way.
In earlier media interviews, Adams wants to scrap the mandate for kids under five years old as soon as possible.
Aside from the mask mandate, Vasan also wants to keep the vaccine mandate for the city’s private workforce.
“I would love nothing more than to send my son to daycare without a mask,” Vasan said.
“But as a scientist … I want to keep him safe because he’s not eligible for a vaccine,” Vasan added.
Meanwhile, Vasan said the city is currently tracking a subvariant of COVID’s omicron strain — the BA.2 variant — which could cause another surge in the Big Apple.
“Currently, there’s no evidence that BA.2 causes more severe illness, increases risks of hospitalization, or our current vaccines offer less protection against it, but we continue to monitor this,” he said.