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One in Three NYC Small Businesses Have Vaccination Requirements

  • Nationwide, 13% of small firms require vaccines: Census survey
  • Jab mandates are on the rise compared with 3 months ago
A Covid-19 vaccination site in New York on Jan. 5.

A Covid-19 vaccination site in New York on Jan. 5.

Photographer: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The share of U.S. small businesses requiring employees to vaccinate has jumped in most big cities in recent weeks as a highly contagious Covid-19 variant spread across the nation.

In New York City, which put in place one of the strictest private-sector mandates of the country at the end of last month, a third of small firms are asking their workers to get the shots in the latest weekly U.S. Census Bureau Small Business Pulse Survey. That’s up from 28% the week of Christmas and less than a quarter three months ago.