NYC Mayor De Blasio says ‘voluntary phase is over’ on vaccines

By Steven Hall

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday that the “voluntary phase is over” for COVID-19 vaccinations, the New York City Democrat told MSNBC Tuesday.

“We’ve got to shake people at this point and say, ‘Come on now.’ We tried voluntary. We could not have been more kind and compassionate,” de Blasio said on MSNBC. “Free testing, everywhere you turn, incentives, friendly, warm embrace. The voluntary phase is over.”

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De Blasio was asked if the city will require all city workers to be vaccinated. “Yes, we are climbing a ladder. I’m not answering yes to your question yet,” he told MSNBC.

De Blasio announced Monday that all city employees would need to submit weekly testing if they aren’t vaccinated against the coronavirus. In addition, unvaccinated city workers are required to wear a mask at their workplaces or they will be removed and suspended without pay.

“On Sept. 13 the entire city workforce will be mandated under the COVID safety mandate to either get vaccinated, which is far preferable, or get tested once a week,” de Blasio said. “This is about our recovery… this is about keeping people safe.”

Only 43% of the New York City Police Department’s active workforce are vaccinated. Over 23,000 of the police department’s 54,000 employees are fully vaccinated.

 

“We can keep doing those things. I’m not saying shut it down. I’m saying voluntary alone doesn’t work,” he added. “It’s time for mandates, because it’s the only way to protect our people.”

De Blasio also said in early July that masks would be required in New York City grade schools this fall.

“I’m absolutely confident based on this guidance and everything else we’ve seen that we’ll be able to get all our kids back into school in September, but for now sticking with the idea that … wearing the masks is a smart thing to do in schools,” de Blasio said during the press conference. “We’ll keep assessing as we go along.”

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  1. Given that everyone responsible for our carrying out our infrastructure and businesses are being targeted with this death jab, I wonder how when they start dying off 18 months from now, those services will be delivered?

    I imagine its all part of the plan to take the rug out from under the thinking, questioning, discerning adults left on the planet, rare breed though we are, so that we are all struggling to survive. Much easier to control that way – bread lines, gas lines, homelessness – pitting us against each other for limited resources – sounds like the perfect plan to control a population and reduce it.

    Right on target so far – will the frog in the water realize soon enough there’s a fire underneath threatening a slow but certain death?

    Will Vermonters remember how to live off the land in time?

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