All the NYC companies mandating Covid vaccines for employees

Posted On Tue, August 3, 2021 By

Posted On Tue, August 3, 2021 By In City Living, Features, Policy

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New York City is taking the national lead on Covid vaccine mandates. Last week, both city and state governments said they would require employees to be vaccinated. And today, Mayor de Blasio announced that New Yorkers will need to show proof of vaccination to enter restaurants, gyms, and entertainment venues, the first such policy in the U.S. Many private companies, both local and national, are also following suit and requiring employees to be vaccinated. Some, like developers Durst and Related, say they will fire those who do not get inoculated. Others, like Google, Twitter, Lyft, and Uber, have also extended their work-from-home policies. The following list will be updated as more companies implement vaccination mandates.


New York City
All workers employed by New York City, including teachers and members of the NYPD and FDNY, will be required to be vaccinated against Covid-19 or get tested for the virus on a weekly basis, starting September 13.

New York State
All workers employed by New York State will be required to be vaccinated against Covid-19 or get tested for the virus on a weekly basis.

Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA)
Starting Labor Day, all MTA employees must be fully vaccinated or submit to weekly testing.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Starting Labor Day, all Port Authority employees who report to work on the New York side must be fully vaccinated or submit to weekly testing.

NYC Department of Education
All DOE employees must receive their first dose of the vaccine by September 27. The mandate applies to the agency’s 148,000 employees, including teachers, custodians, and central office workers.


New York State
All healthcare workers in New York State, including staff at hospitals and long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, adult care, and other congregate care settings, will be required to be vaccinated by Monday, September 27.

New York City
All NYC Health + Hospitals employees, as well as those working in the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene clinical settings, had to submit one-time verification of immunization or weekly proof of a negative COVID-19 test as of August 2nd.


The Durst Organization
This 106-year-old real estate company will terminate employees who are not vaccinated by September 6. This applies to corporate, nonunion employees.

The developer behind Hudson Yards is requiring all employees to have at least one vaccine dose by August 31 or they will be fire. According to the Post, Related’s roughly 1,000 employees who work in the company’s corporate offices across the country were required to get vaccinated by June 1. The new policy now extends to service workers, including doormen, cleaners, and engineers, as well as the 3,000 workers in their commercial and residential buildings.


New York Stock Exchange
Starting September 13, the New York Stock Exchange will require persons to be vaccinated to gain access to the trading room floor. Even vaccinated employees will be asked to participate in onsite random Covid testing. Those visiting to ring the bell or for IPOs must also show proof of vaccination.

The world’s largest asset manager will transition to a hybrid work model in October, but only vaccinated employees are allowed in the office. The company says they will provide an update on unvaccinated employees.

Morgan Stanley
According to the Wall Street Journal, “Starting July 12, employees, contingent workers, clients, and visitors will be required to confirm that they were vaccinated before entering Morgan Stanley buildings in New York City and Westchester County.” Though the company says 90 percent of its workforce is vaccinted, those unvaccinated will work from home.

Goldman Sachs
As of June 10, Godman began requiring employees to report their vaccine status in order to be able to enter the building. Those who are unvaccinated must take regular rapid Covid tests on site.

After Labor Day, any Jefferies employees not fully vaccinated must continue to work from home.

Starting September 13, corporate Citigroup employees are expected to return to the office at least two days a week, and they must be vaccinated.


Google extended its work-from-home policy through October 18, but any employees returning before or after that date must be vaccinated.

Facebook is requiring anyone returning to work at its U.S. offices to be vaccinated, with specific protocols to be determined based on region.

Twitter had begun allowing employees back in New York and San Francisco at 50-percent capacity, but last week, they canceled their reopening until further notice. Employees were already required to show proof of vaccination.

With offices currently on the Upper West Side and construction underway on a massive new Hudson Square headquarters, Disney is mandating vaccines for all salaried and non-union hourly employees.


As of August 17, all restaurants in NYC were required to receive proof of vaccination from employees and guests, as mandated by the city’s Key to NYC pass.

Equinox Group
The umbrella company for Equinox sports clubs and SoulCycle studios will require members and staff to show one-time proof of vaccination. The policy goes into effect in September. Those vaccinated do not have to wear masks while working out. This also applies to corporate employees in the Hudson Yards offices.

Ian Schrager’s PUBLIC Hotel on the Lower East Side will adopt the vaccine mandate for all guests, visitors, and staff, the first hotel in New York to do so. The policy, which goes into effect September 5, also applies to those visiting the hotel’s restaurants or bars. Masks are required in common areas.


Lyft extended its work-from-home policy through February 2, 2022, but any employees returning before or after that date must be vaccinated.

UBER extended its work-from-home policy through October 25, but any employees returning before or after that date must be vaccinated.


NYC Museums and Cultural Institutions
As of August 17, all places such as museums and galleries, movie theaters, and concert venues were required to receive proof of vaccination from employees and guests, as mandated by the city’s Key to NYC pass.

The Broadway League, which represents theater owners and show producers, announced that all 41 Broadway theaters will “require vaccinations for audience members, as well as performers, backstage crew, and theatre staff, for all performances through October 2021.” In addition, audience members must wear masks indoors.

Netflix defines its “Zone A” employees as actors and in-person production staff, and they are all required to be vaccinated for all U.S. productions.


The department store plans to have corporate employees return to the office in September, but they must be vaccinated.

Editor’s Note: This story was updated on August 24, 2021.


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