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New York City's public schools employees must get COVID-19 vaccine, mayor says

The mandate comes on the same day that the FDA gives full approval to the Pfizer vaccine.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio says public school teachers and staff must be vaccinated against COVID-19.
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A new mandate will require teachers and staff at New York City public schools to be vaccinated against COVID-19 for the current school year, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday. It's the first no-option vaccine mandate for a large group of workers in the city.

Public school employees must have the first dose by Sept. 27, according to de Blasio and the city health and education departments.

"We're going to do whatever it takes to fight the delta variant [and] bring this city back," de Blasio said. 

The news out of New York City follows Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine gaining full approval Monday from the US Food and Drug Administration. It's the first vaccine to get all the way through the regulatory review process in the US. The New York City mandate could be among the first in what's expected to be a wave of mandates now that one of the vaccines has FDA approval.

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