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Workplace Vaccine Requirement Information

Dec 23, 2021
Workplace Vaccine Requirement Information
Beginning Monday, December 27, workers in New York City who perform in-person work or interact with the public in the course of business must show proof they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Workers will then have 45 days to show proof of their second dose (for Pfizer or Moderna vaccines).
Businesses may not allow any unvaccinated workers to come to their workplace. A workplace is considered any location — including a vehicle — where you work in the presence of at least one other person. You can show you have received the COVID-19 vaccine with the same proofs of vaccination that are accepted for Key to NYC.
Businesses must verify and keep a record of each worker’s proof of vaccination by Monday, December 27. There are three options for how businesses can meet this requirement:

  • A worker’s record can be a copy of their proof of vaccination or a record of a reasonable accommodation with supporting documentation.
  • Businesses can create their own paper or electronic record that includes the following information for each worker:
  • Worker’s name
  • Whether the worker is fully vaccinated
  • For workers who submitted proof of the first dose of a two-dose vaccine, the date by which they can provide proof of a second dose (no later than 45 days after submitting proof of the first dose)
  • Record of reasonable accommodation with supporting documentation
  • Businesses may check each worker’s proof of vaccination before they enter the workplace each day. They must keep a record of each verification.
Non-employee workers, such as contractors, must provide vaccination proof to their employers. Businesses may request that a contractor’s employer confirm proof of vaccination. Businesses must then keep a log of these requests and the confirmations they receive.
Also by Monday, December 27, businesses must complete the Affirmation of Compliance with Workplace Vaccination Requirements certificate affirming they are in compliance with this requirement and post it in a public place.
Businesses should be prepared to make their records available for inspection. Small businesses that would like help with this requirement can call the NYC Department of Small Business Services hotline at 888-SBS-4NYC (888-727-4692). To review vaccine requirements already in place that also may impact your business or employees, visit COVID-19 Commissioner Orders and Advisories.