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States with Vaccine Mandates

The latest policy tool that states and localities are utilizing to fight COVID-19 is vaccination mandates. In August 2021, New York City became the first U.S. government to require proof of vaccination for employees and customers at public indoor facilities, including restaurants, gyms, and theaters. As new COVID-19 cases surge around the country — primarily fueled by the delta variant — state and local leaders are turning to the stick after tempting residents with carrots to get vaccinated. 


Vaccine Mandates on Certain Industries and Businesses

And a greater number of states and localities have made incremental steps by mandating vaccination for specific industries, such as state employees, health care workers, and employees in long-term care facilities and schools. Conversely, on the other hand, over a dozen states have banned proof of vaccination requirements implemented by local governments and in some cases by private businesses. 


Vaccine Mandates on State Employees

Additionally, a greater number of states and localities have made incremental steps by mandating vaccination for specific industries, such as state employees, health care workers, and employees in long-term care facilities and schools. However, over a dozen states have banned proof of vaccination requirements implemented by local governments and in some cases by private businesses. 

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