The mayor of New York City (NYC) has announced that, starting December 27, 2021, nearly all employers in the city will be required to ensure their employees are vaccinated against COVID-19. In person, workers will need to provide proof of two vaccine doses, except for those who have already received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The new vaccine mandate will apply to approximately 184,000 businesses.

NYC Mandate

The mayor also indicated that NYC’s existing COVID-19 restrictions for entering certain public places, such as restaurants and theaters, will expand to require:

  • At lease one vaccine dose for children ages 5 to 11, starting on December 14, 2021; and
  • Two vaccine doses for most adults and children aged 12 and older, starting on December 27, 2021.

Important Dates

December 6, 2021 – New York City’s mayor announced a new rule that will require all employers in the city to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for employees.

December 15, 2021 – More details about the new vaccine mandate for NYC employers are expected to be released.

December 27, 2021 – The new rule is expected to go into effect. Expanded requirements for entering public spaces will also apply.

Employer Impact

Employers in NYC should begin preparing for compliance with the new NYC vaccine mandate and watch for additional guidance. Detailed rules are expected to be released on December 15, 2021.