Abandoned vaccines for school activities, private employers

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Health officials voted on Tuesday to drop COVID-19 vaccination requirements for high-risk extracurricular activities in schools and for private sector employers.

The decision at a board of health meeting comes after the city announced it would appeal a Staten Island judge’s Monday ruling to reinstate city workers who were fired for not being vaccinated.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the city’s legal department said, “The mandate remains in place (for city employees) because this decision only affects individual petitioners in this case. We continue to review the court’s decision, which conflicts with many other decisions already confirming the warrant.

Vaccination mandates for school activities and private sector employers, which were implemented by the De Blasio administration, will expire on November 1said Mayor Eric Adams.

Health Ministry board members noted at the meeting that the approval was partly based on the decline in COVID-19 cases citywide since July.

According to the reverse order, health officials say students participating in extracurricular activities, such as dance, band and sports, will be able to participate without the requirement of a vaccine.

Officials added that COVID-19 vaccination rates among 13-17 year olds are high, with 92% having received at least one dose and 82% having completed their primary series.

For private sector employees, health officials announced that 99% of adults 18 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 89% have completed their primary series.

Health officials say the updated bivalent booster doses also helped their decision, as they are now widely available to New Yorkers.

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