(OPINION) ETH – New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio just announced on MSNBC that the time for voluntarily getting the COVID vaccine is now over. “We’ve got to shake people at this point and say, ‘Come on, now,’” he said.

“We could not have been more kind and compassionate as a country — free testing, everywhere you turn, incentives, friendly warm embrace.” De Blasio went on to say “The voluntary phase is over,” he declared. “Voluntary alone doesn’t work. It’s time for mandates.”


This follows de Blasio expanding New York City’s vaccine mandate to include all city workers on Monday. Starting this fall, employees who have not provided proof of COVID-19 vaccination must test weekly for the virus according to 4 New York.

Unvaccinated workers will have until Sept. 13 to complete their vaccine series or opt for a virus test each week. But before that deadline kicks in, the mayor said unvaccinated workers must wear a mask at work starting Aug. 2.

The new vaccine mandate begins with city employees who work in congregate settings. That group, roughly 45,000 workers, will have to start testing weekly if they have not received their dose of the vaccine by Aug. 16.

“This is about our recovery. This is about keeping people safe, making sure our families get through COVID okay,” de Blasio said. “September is the pivot point of the recovery, September is when many employers are bringing back a lot of their employees. It’s when schools start full-strength, it’s when people come back from summer.”

The city plans to launch a new app to track COVID testing results. Set to launch for both iPhones and Androids, the app will hold testing results for up to seven days (meeting the city’s new weekly mandate) before expiring. All data lives on an individual’s phone and is not delivered anywhere else, city officials explained.


Ricky Scaparo is the pastor and founder of the international ministry End Time Headlines. A ministry that provides resources to equip believers and to inform the discerning of the signs and seasons in which we live. His mission is to inform his readers and viewers of prophetic events and how they are unfolding before our very eyes through news and headlines presented from a prophetic perspective in light of the Holy Bible.