There is no workplace vaccine mandate for private businesses in New York City.
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.
The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) workplace vaccine mandate for all private businesses in New York City ended on November 1, 2022.
Businesses can still require proof of vaccination or masking indoors if they choose.
Schools and Child Care
As of February 10, 2023, COVID-19 vaccination is no longer required for staff at:
- Public schools
- Charter schools
- Private schools
- Child care and after school programs
As of February 10, 2023, COVID-19 vaccination is no longer required for City workers, new hires, and contracted employees.
Learn more about the end of the vaccine mandate.
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.