Mayor de Blasio says he might require people to get COVID-19 booster shots if they want to attend concerts, restaurants and similar indoor venues, as the new Omicron variant continues to spread citywide.
“I think it’s a fair question that we’re going to analyze now – with all of our approaches to COVID, we’re going to update them, because we’re dealing with some new challenges at this moment,” de Blasio said Friday during his weekly appearance of WNYC radio’s “The Brian Lehrer Show.”
“So, that will be looked at along with a series of other actions, because it’s really dynamic right now.”
Such a new mandate could include a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Currently, the city requires proof of just a single jab to enter certain indoor businesses — including all indoor restaurants, entertainment venues and gyms.
De Blasio was responding to a question from Lehrer on whether the city should require people eating indoors or attending concerts to show proof they’ve been fully vaccinated — as opposed to just having had one shot of the vaccine.
As of Saturday afternoon, there were eight cases of the Omicron variant detected statewide, including seven in the city.
Last month, the city extended eligibility for additional booster shots to everyone 18 and older, provided it’s been at least six months since their initial Moderna or Pfizer booster or at least two months since a Johnson & Johnson dose.