New York City’s new indoor vaccine mandate is now in effect. Here’s what it means.
Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order requiring indoor venues to check the vaccination status of everyone entering the venue. The NYC vaccine mandate is now in effect, but enforcement doesn’t start until September 13.
All businesses are required to hang posters describing the vaccine mandate near entrances. Exceptions can be made for customers to use the bathroom, but otherwise, everyone must be checked.
“We know that this is going to reach hundreds of thousands of people; convince them it’s time,” the mayor told the press. “Just buy into this because it’s going to work for all of us. It’s going to make us all safer.”
New York City is working hard to make sure the city knows about the indoor vaccine mandate.
It has hired 570 people to canvass small businesses in the city with information about the vaccine requirement. The city is also launching a $10 million ad campaign to raise awareness about the new mandate.
Starting September 13, the New York Department of Health may issue fines and other penalties to indoor venues that are not checking vaccination status before entry. de Blasio says the sheriff’s office may get involved if fake vaccine cards are detected.
NYC Vaccine Mandate – What to Know
New York City officials are relying on two official apps – NYC COVID Safe and the Excelsior Pass. Showing your CDC-issued paper vaccine card is also accepted.
The Excelsior Pass is the state’s vaccine passport app, and it verifies applications against the city and state vaccination records. The NYC COVID Safe app allows New Yorkers to take a picture of their vaccine card to store it digitally. New Yorkers who were vaccinated out of state can get an Excelsior Pass if they ask their health care provider to upload their vaccination information to the New York vaccine registries.
For anyone vaccinated outside of the United States, paperwork from abroad showing the patron has received one of the eight approved vaccines for emergency use will be accepted. Currently, the only FDA-approved vaccines in the United States are the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccines.