Mayor Eric Adams said he supports rolling back New York City’s COVID-19 vaccine card requirements – but warned that any action would require deregistration from his health officials while continuing to assess the impacts of the waning wave of the Omicron variant.
“Yes. I can not wait to get it done,” he said during a press conference at the Brooklyn Navy Yard when asked if the Big Apple plans to phase out the program, following the leadership of other big cities like Boston, Philadelphia and Washington. , DC, who have recently completed their own mandates.
“I take my hat off to New Yorkers – through masks, vaccines, through social distancing. You know, we were affected by the insecurity, the fear of COVID. I’m really proud of how we reacted as New Yorkers.”
But Adams noted that while he is hopeful, the Big Apple will not change its policies that require customers to show proof of vaccination at the entrance indoors to businesses like bars, restaurants and gyms until science and data talk about it.
“Every morning I meet with my health professionals because I’ve always said I want to follow science. I do not want to get ahead of science because I’m ready to get in front of all this and get back to a level of normalcy – but they have given us clear structures, they gave us benchmarks, we have to follow those benchmarks, “he said.
“But I look forward to going to a real transformation in the next few weeks.”
Adams previously announced a roadmap for COVID-19 policies heading into the spring, conditioned by lowercase letters.
He also promised an “immediate” investigation of vaccine requirements for private companies, as well as other city vaccine mandates.
“We will do it in a safe way because all these experts will tell you one thing: We can not shut down again.”
“We have to do it in a smart way and people will look back later and say, ‘You know, he made the right decisions.’ We will get the city up and running again and we will roll out some things over the next day or so, how are we going to do that, ”he promised.
Meanwhile, Adams repeated his pressure to get workers back into their offices – especially in Midtown Manhattan – as a number of private sector companies recently released hybrid plans that allow remote and personal work.
“Who we were before COVID are not who we are after COVID. But I know very well that in order for our economic financial ecosystem, I must say, to function, we need to have human interaction. It can not be do from home, ”said the mayor.
“You can not stay at home in your pajamas all day. It’s not who we are as a city, “he said. “You have to be out and cross-pollinate ideas and interact with people. It’s crucial, we are social beings, and we have to socialize to get the energy we need as a city.”