Health officials on Tuesday voted to drop COVID-19 vaccination requirements for high-risk extracurricular activities in schools and for private-sector employers.
The decision at a health board meeting comes after the city announced it will appeal a Staten Island judge’s Monday ruling to reinstate municipal workers who were fired for not getting their vaccine.
In a statement, a city law department spokesperson said, “The mandate remains in place (for municipal workers) as this ruling pertains solely to the individual petitioners in this case. We continue to review the court’s decision, which conflicts with numerous other rulings already upholding the mandate.”
The vaccine mandates for school activities and private-sector employers, which were implemented by the De Blasio administration, will expire on Nov. 1, Mayor Eric Adams has said.
Department of Health board members noted at the meeting that the approval was partly based on the decrease of COVID-19 cases citywide since July.
Under the reversed order, health officials say students taking part in extracurricular activities, such as dance, orchestra and sports, will be able to participate without the vaccine requirement.
Officials added that COVID-19 vaccination rates among 13- to 17-year-olds are high, with 92% having received at least one dose and 82% completing their primary series.
For private-sector employees, health leaders announced that 99% of adults ages 18 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 89% have completed their primary series.
Health officials say that the updated bivalent booster doses also have contributed to their decision, as they are now widely available for New Yorkers.