By Jenny Goldsberry
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo asked businesses to only admit vaccinated people during a press conference Monday. His hope is that more New Yorkers will receive the COVID-19 vaccine as a result.
“Private businesses I am asking them, and suggesting to them, go to ‘vaccine only’ admission,” Cuomo said.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 75.4% of adult New Yorkers have received at least one vaccine dose and 68.6% received both already. Cuomo tweeted that 40,880 doses were administered over past 24 hours on Sunday. Overall, New York administered 22,295,684 doses to date.
During the presser, Cuomo also announced that all metro employees and New York employees of the Port Authority will be required to either be vaccinated or get tested weekly beginning on Labor Day. “Amid the growing threat of the Delta variant, this precaution will help ensure the health & safety of these dedicated workforces,” Cuomo tweeted.
Meanwhile, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has mandated that all teachers in the city must be vaccinated before school starts this fall. His city alone has already ministered more than 10 million vaccines. “We’re doing everything we can to ensure every eligible New Yorker gets vaccinated,” de Blasio tweeted.
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