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Top NYC officials are calling for a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for students

Just when you thought the debates about cities’ vaccination mandate were dying down.

A powerful pair of elected city officials — public attorney Jumaane Williams and city auditor Brad Lander — are urging Mayor Eric Adams to require coronavirus vaccines for the city’s schoolchildren next year.

In a joint statement, Williams and Lander called for “a requirement for full COVID vaccination for students’ return to school next fall as part of the city’s standard immunization requirements.”

Adams and Gov. Kathy Hochul have both previously signaled their support for a school vaccination mandate.

“We know vaccinations save lives, so let’s be clear now that they will be required for school entry next fall,” Lander said in a statement.

Williams said COVID-19 drawdowns “need to be guided by science, not the calendar.”

The Department of Education announced last week that 52 percent of eligible city children aged five and over are fully vaccinated.

Brad Lander
City Comptroller Brad Lander called for mandatory COVID vaccinations for students next year, saying in a statement: “We know vaccines save lives.”
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Jumane Williams
NYC public attorney Jumaane Williams said COVID policy must be “guided by science, not the calendar.”
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The duo also urged the DOE to provide options for “teachers and students who wish to remain in fully masked classrooms.”

Williams and Lander warned that the city must remain prepared to manage an outbreak of another COVID-19 variant and maintain widespread coronavirus testing capacities.

Adams is expected to lift indoor school masking mandates on Friday as the city tries to restore some semblance of normality in the wake of the pandemic.

City Hall said Thursday that children under the age of four must continue to wear masks in their preschools because they cannot be vaccinated.

Eric Adams
Mayor Eric Adams has previously expressed support for a COVID vaccine mandate for students and is expected to end indoor mask mandates for schools on Friday.
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