At one point during the COVID-19 pandemic, New York City had the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the entire nation. However, unlike other cities, the Big Apple was able to quickly lower that number with spectacular speed thanks to its enforced mask mandates and other measures that it took to reduce the spread.
To further bring New York City into a normal state of life as much as possible, new vaccination requirements are continually being rolled out. They will ultimately make life harder for those who choose to remain unvaccinated, with less access to the amenities and attractions that make New York City life so vibrant and engaging in the first place.
To make sure you’re aware of New York City’s latest vaccination requirements, take a look below to know what’s expected of you as you enjoy what the city has to offer.
“Key to NYC” Program
On Sept. 13, The “Key to NYC” program was officially enforced. What it basically entails is that all employees and customers older than 12 years of age have to provide proof of at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose to enter any business, whether that involves indoor dining, fitness, or entertainment. That means if you want to eat at a restaurant, catch the latest movie at the theaters, or get some exercise, you’ll have to keep your vaccination card handy.
Rather than completely shutting down businesses like before, Mayor Bill de Blasio hopes that this program will only encourage more people to get vaccinated and further support these businesses.
Since “Key to NYC” was announced nearly two weeks ago, the city has poured over $10 million in an extensive media campaign to inform fellow New Yorkers about the change. For anyone who has yet to get vaccinated but is willing to now with the program set in place, they’ll have access to over 100 new vaccination sites set up throughout the city.
On the off chance that you have not heard of the program from the media campaign, you might have noticed signs on the front windows of businesses instead that require you to show proof. Although that could potentially place more of a burden on front-line service workers, it’s a burden that’s well worth it to many in helping New York maintain a safer environment.
Keeping New York City Healthy
Currently, New York City’s population is about 55.9% fully vaccinated. Only time will tell whether that percentage will go up any further thanks to the new program set in place. However, whether or not it proves to be effective, paying attention to your own health is more than essential these days.
That’s why we here at AG Urgent Care specialize in bringing you access to immediate medical treatment and routine health visits when you need it most. Don’t hesitate to either give us a call at 877-471-9091, schedule a video visit, or walk straight into one of our five locations in Brooklyn and Queens. We can’t wait to help you get treated as soon as possible.