NY voters support mask, COVID-19 vaccine mandates

Cayuga County Health Department holds a walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Scipio Fire Department.

Most New Yorkers support mask and COVID-19 vaccine mandates, according to a new poll released on Tuesday. 

The Siena Research Institute found 69% of voters support requiring school employees, including teachers, to be vaccinated. Two-thirds of voters said they support businesses, such as gyms and restaurants, mandating customers to show proof of vaccination. There is a similar level of support (65%) for employers requiring employees to be vaccinated. 

In New York, school employees must submit to weekly COVID-19 testing unless they present proof of vaccination. President Joe Biden has issued a nationwide directive requiring employees at businesses with 100 or more workers to be vaccinated or get tested weekly. 

Siena College pollster Steve Greenberg noted that more than three-quarters of Democrats and a majority of independent voters support the vaccine mandates. 

“Although a majority of Republicans support two of the mandates, they are divided on employers mandating their employees (to get vaccinated),” Greenberg added. 

At least 70% of New York City voters support vaccine mandates. In upstate New York, 65% of voters support vaccine mandates for school employees, while 57% endorse the idea of employers requiring employees to be vaccinated. 

There is more approval of mask mandates. More than three-quarters of voters (78%) say they support school districts requiring students, teachers and staff to wear masks in school buildings. Nearly three-quarters of voters (74%) support governments requiring masks in indoor facilities. 

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