Today, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that he will require COVID-19 vaccinations for private employers and expanded the indoor entertainment vaccine requirement to apply to everyone 5 and over. This is in addition to the previous vaccine mandate for city workers and indoor entertainment rules.
In response, American Lung Association President and CEO Harold Wimmer issued the following statement:
“We commend New York City for continuing to put public health first as we work to end the COVID-19 pandemic and face emerging variants like Omicron. The American Lung Association strongly supports efforts to get Americans vaccinated, as the science proves that these measures save lives.
“In addition to getting vaccinated, we encourage everyone to continue to rigorously follow the CDC recommendations to reduce the risk of getting COVID-19 by wearing a mask according to CDC guidelines, maintaining social distancing, washing your hands often, and staying home if you feel unwell.
“Together, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 and end this global pandemic through widespread vaccination and other proven preventive measures.”
More information about COVID-19 can be found at Lung.org/covid19 or the Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNGUSA.
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, which has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a Platinum-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.