Despite the courts enjoining the federal government from imposing a vaccine mandate on the employees of private businesses, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has no intention of letting the legal process play out in the courts before he vacates the mayor’s office in a number of weeks. The lame-duck de Blasio, whose term expires on January 1, 2022, is implementing the strictest vaccine mandate in the country – to become effective on December 27, 2021 – just 4 days before he is replaced by Mayor-elect Eric Adams. Adams has yet to indicate whether he will rescind the mandate or not. Under the terms of de Blasio’s mandate, all employees of private businesses who were previously not required to be vaccinated must now get at least one dose of the vaccine by December 27. In addition, anyone over the age of 12 – again, as of December 27 – will have to show that they’ve received two doses of the vaccines in order to enter a restaurant or other indoor entertainment facilities. Beginning next Tuesday, December 14, children between 5 – 11 years of age will need to show proof of vaccination (at least one dose) as well! Relating a separate mandate that de Blasio imposed on city workers back in October, Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Frank Nervo this week issued an order suspending the city worker mandate until his court can hold a further hearing on the matter, scheduled for Tuesday, December 14.