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New York City’s Sweeping Vaccine Mandate Will Help Stop Covid

Yes, it’s an aggressive measure. But businesses shouldn’t fear the effects of widespread vaccination.

It’s a start.

It’s a start.

Photographer: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

The omicron variant of Covid-19 is moving into New York City with astonishing speed. The percentage of tests coming up positive doubled in three days last week. Lines at testing sites are again lengthening. Breakthrough cases are closing restaurants and canceling Broadway shows.

Strengthening the city’s defenses needs to be a top priority. Mayor Bill de Blasio is right to impose a new mandate for everyone who works in the city to show proof of vaccination. Beginning Dec. 27, businesses will be required to keep track of their employees’ vaccine status and post signs affirming their compliance. Documented medical or religious exemptions are allowed.