France is not the only one to demand it: the city of New York will ask all its officials either to be vaccinated against the Covid, or to perform a weekly screening test, the mayor announced on July 26. Bill de Blasio.
The measure will take effect on September 13 and will apply to more than 300,000 people, including police, firefighters and teachers in America’s First City. It is believed to fight the worryingly spreading Delta variant.
“The objective is our recovery. The objective is to protect people,” explained Mr. de Blasio in a press conference.
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Accelerate the pace of vaccination
Last week, the mayor had already warned that the thousands of employees of New York’s public hospitals should soon either be vaccinated against Covid or be tested every week. Objective: to speed up the pace of vaccination.
In New York, 59% of residents have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. Nationally, only 57% of all Americans have received at least one dose, and 49% are fully immunized.
Vaccines have proven to be effective. The number of contaminations between immune people remains rare. The same goes for hospitalizations and the number of deaths recorded. The Delta variant represents more than 89% of contaminations in the United States.
On July 26, 57 groups representing millions of American doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other health professionals called for compulsory vaccination for health workers. “The health and safety of American workers, families, residents, and the nation depends on it,” their statement said.