New York Daily News: MANHATTAN, By Chris Sommerfeldt & Michael Gartland – All New York City municipal workers — including cops, firefighters and teachers — will have to get vaccinated or submit to weekly coronavirus tests under a new mandate that Mayor de Blasio is expected to announce Monday, according to a City Hall spokesman.

The new mandate — which will cover roughly 300,000 city workers — is set to take effect September 13, the first day of the school year, the spokesman said.

De Blasio was set to elaborate on the new mandate during his daily 10am briefing.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (Mark Lennihan/AP)

Last week, de Blasio ordered all public hospital and health workers in the city to either get vaccinated or undergo weekly tests starting August 2.

The mayor’s increasingly aggressive push for more vaccinations comes as the city is seeing a troubling uptick in COVID-19 infections driven by the highly contagious delta variant.

Meantime, more than 40 percent of the city’s population remains unvaccinated, according to Health Department data.

Some categories of municipal employees have even lower vaccination rates. The NYPD said last week that it has only administered shots to about 43 percent of its officers.

After announcing the requirement for health care workers last week, De Blasio hinted that more mandates were forthcoming.

“We have reached the limits of a purely voluntary system,” he said in a Friday appearance on WNYC. “It’s time for more mandates, different kinds, different places.”

This is a breaking story. Please check back for updates – 12:50pm