NYC to Force Covid Vaccine or Tests for City Health Workers

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    New York City will begin requiring Covid-19 vaccinations or weekly testing of all workers in its public hospitals and clinics in an attempt to slow an increase in cases.

    “We need a strong, clear approach,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday during a press briefing. “This is about keeping people safe and stopping the delta variant.”

    The highly contagious delta variant, first identified in India, now makes up 69% of tested cases in New York City, data show. Delta has driven a recent increase in cases, especially among the unvaccinated.

    The city reported a seven-day average of 597 confirmed and probable cases on July 19, double the level on July 6. Meanwhile, the city’s vaccine administration rate has plunged to less than 15,000 a day, from more than 100,000 a day in mid-April.

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