Such a decision is due to the approaching start of the school year.

All municipal employees of New York will have to be vaccinated against the coronavirus by mid-September. This was announced on Monday by the mayor of the city, Bill de Blasio.

“The delta variant [of the coronavirus] is fatal, and our city takes it seriously. Today I am announcing that every municipal employee will be required to present documents on vaccination or undergo testing every week,” he said during a press conference. The deadline for vaccination is September 13.

According to The New York Times, about 340 thousand people, including police officers and teachers, will fall under the new requirement. Such a decision is due to the approaching start of the school year when hundreds of thousands of students and students must return to classes and classrooms.

According to the publication, currently in New York, about 5 million people have received at least one dose of vaccination, while 2 million adult residents of the city have not yet been vaccinated. Since the end of June, the number of infections has tripled and amounts to an average of 800 cases per day, many parents and teachers express their concerns about the return of children and adolescents to full-time education in the current situation.