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New York City reaches deal with unions on COVID-19 vaccine mandate

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday he’s now reached agreements with at least 15 unions representing municipal employees regarding the city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.His announcement comes one day after he reached a deal with nine unions challenging the order requiring all city workers to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 31. The mayor’s office said about 9,000 municipal workers were put on leave without pay after missing the deadline Monday.

Some 92% of workers are now fully vaccinated and about 12,000 unvaccinated workers were allowed to continue working with weekly negative tests while the city evaluates their religious or medical exemption requests.

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