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New York City’s new rule that city hospital workers either receive a COVID-19 shot or be tested weekly had led to a dramatic increase in them getting inoculated, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday.
“We see very clear evidence already that the mandates are working,” said de Blasio at his daily press briefing.
Last week, compared to the week before it, the Big Apple saw a 189 percent increase “among Health and Hospital workers getting vaccinations,” according to the mayor.
The mayor said the effect of the vaccination-or-test rule “immediately” caused health-care workers to get jabbed.
“We told people this was coming, [and] people immediately started getting vaccinated,” he said.
The increase in inoculated employees of the city’s sprawling public health system comes after on July 21 de Blasio announced that starting in early August, they would need to get a COVID-19 vaccination or agree to a weekly test for the bug.
The mayor subsequently expanded the shot-or-test requirement to the entire city workforce.
According to a Post analysis of city data, City Hall’s vaccination campaign has increased 40 percent since de Blasio started handing out $100 gift cards for shots and mandated all city employees get vaccinated or face weekly testing.
As of July 22, less than half of employees at public-facing city agencies and departments had gotten at least one shot of a coronavirus vaccine.
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