Mayor de Blasio says he may require people to get COVID-19 booster shots if they want to attend concerts, restaurants and similar indoor venues, as the new Omicron variant continues to spread across the city.
“I think this is a fair question that we will analyze now – with all our approaches to COVID, we will update them because we are dealing with some new challenges at the moment,” de Blasio said on Friday. during his weekly appearance on WNYC radio’s The Brian Lehrer Show.
“So it will be looked at along with a number of other actions because it’s really dynamic right now.”
Such a new mandate could include a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Currently, the city requires proof of only a single socket to enter certain indoor establishments – including all indoor restaurants, eateries and gyms.
De Blasio answered a question from Lehrer about whether the city should require people who eat indoors or attend concerts to show proof that they have been fully vaccinated – as opposed to just getting a shot of the vaccine.
As of Saturday afternoon, eight cases of the Omicron variant had been discovered across the country, including seven in the city.
Last month, the city expanded eligibility for additional booster shots to all 18-year-olds and older, provided it has been at least six months since their first Moderna or Pfizer booster or at least two months since a Johnson & Johnson dose.