Mon. Jan 17th, 2022

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.

A woman holds her smartphone open for the vaccination certificate app while waiting to be seated at the Chinese restaurant Shanghai Zhen Gong Fu in New York City's borough of Queens, NY, on August 17, 2021.
The city currently requires restaurants to enforce vaccine mandates for customers.
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A healthcare professional fills up a syringe with a dose of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine for a booster shot at the Vaccination Reference Center at the Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute (EBPI) in Zurich, Switzerland on November 17, 2021.
There is no information on whether fully vaccinated individuals are fully protected from testing positive from the Omicron variant.
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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.

A sign in a restaurant window informs customers that they will have to show proof that they have been at least partially vaccinated to get Covid-19 allowed in the company on August 20, 2021 in New York City.  New York City has begun monitoring people's vaccination status at museums, gyms, restaurants and other public institutions as it becomes the nation's largest city to exclude unvaccinated people from public places.
De Blasio says he is looking at “a number of other actions,” to address the emergence of the Omicron variant.
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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.


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