The Key to NYC vaccine mandate ended on March 7, 2022. The program required employees and customers of indoor dining, fitness, and entertainment venues to prove they were vaccinated.
Businesses previously covered by Key to NYC rules can still require proof of vaccination or masking indoors if they choose.
The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene workplace vaccine mandate (separate from Key to NYC) for all private businesses in New York City remains in effect through November 1, 2022. After November 1, the private sector vaccine mandate will become optional. Employees covered by this mandate are required to show their employers proof that they received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by December 27, 2021. Proof of a second dose (for Pfizer or Moderna vaccines) is required 45 days later.
- Post an official DOHMH sign in an obvious spot
- Keep a record of each worker’s proof and any reasonable accommodations
- Ensure employees get their second dose
Learn more about the mandate.
Business owners can access resources and assistance from Small Business Services (SBS) on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Businesses page.
There is no general vaccine mandate for students attending public school. Vaccination is no longer required for students ages 5 and up participating in high-risk sports and extracurricular activities.
All DOE employees and City contracted child care/after-school staff were also required to submit proof of at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by October 1, 2021. Learn more on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Schools page.
All full-time, part-time, and volunteer staff working in private schools, including independent schools and religious schools, must be vaccinated against COVID-19. At this time there is no vaccine mandate for students attending private schools.
Learn more on the Private School Vaccine Mandate page.
To learn about mandates for City government workers, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and City Workers page.
In New York State, all healthcare workers, including staff at hospitals and long-term care facilities that are public or private, were required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as of September 27, 2021.
These facilities include:
- Adult care
- Nursing homes
- Other congregate care settings
The State Department of Health requires these facilities to develop and implement a policy mandating employee vaccination, with limited exceptions for those with religious or medical reasons.
You should contact your employer’s human resources department for more information.