NYC Mayor Defends Vaccine Mandate: ‘Decisive Action’ Needed

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio Tuesday defended his decision to mandate the city’s businesses to have all of their workers vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec. 27, or just a few days before the city’s new mayor takes office, saying it was important to take “decisive action” considering the threat posed by the omicron coronavirus variant. 

“I don’t think anyone should be surprised by what we’re seeing with the omicron variant, with the extraordinary growth of cases that we’re experiencing in this city and all over this country,” the outgoing mayor told CNN’s “New Day.” “Look at a country like Germany, right now, with shutdowns, restrictions. We cannot let that happen.

“We had to take decisive action. This omicron variant moves fast. We have to move faster. That’s why we did this.”

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