ATTENTION NEW YORK EMPLOYERS: NYC’s “First-In-The-Nation” Vaccine Mandate For Private Employers

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By Abby Natelson, Esq.

This week, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a vaccine mandate for private sector employers that will take effect on December 27, 2021, and affect nearly 184,000 NYC businesses.

NYC’s vaccine mandate requires that employees who work in-person for private employers receive at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by December 27, 2021, without any alternative testing option. Remote workers will not be subject to the vaccine mandate. NYC will be providing additional guidance on vaccine mandate enforcement and reasonable accommodations by December 15.

In addition to this sweeping vaccine mandate, Mayor de Blasio expanded existing vaccination requirements for individuals entering the premises of indoor restaurants, fitness facilities, and entertainment venues. Specifically, children aged five to eleven will need to show proof of at least one vaccine dose as of December 14, and individuals aged twelve and older will need to show proof of full vaccination (two vaccination doses or one Johnson & Johnson vaccine dose) as of December 27.


NFC will continue to keep you apprised of developments relating to the NYC vaccine mandate requirements, in particular related to the December 15th guidance. If you have any questions relating to COVID-19 vaccine policies or would like guidance relating to your policy, please feel free to reach out to the NFC Attorney with whom you typically work or call us at 973.665.9100.

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