COVID-19: Vaccine

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Vaccination Requirement: Workplaces

Workers in New York City who perform in-person work or interact with the public in the course of business must show proof that they have received a COVID-19 vaccine.

Businesses may not allow any unvaccinated workers to work at their workplace. A workplace is considered any location — including a vehicle — where you work in the presence of at least one other person.

Information for Businesses

Businesses must verify each worker’s proof of vaccination. There are three options for how businesses can meet this requirement:

  1. A worker’s record can be a copy of their proof of vaccination or a record of a reasonable accommodation with supporting documentation.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

Most businesses must have completed the below affirmation certificate affirming they are in compliance with this requirement and post it in a public place. Restaurants, gyms and other businesses formerly covered by Key to NYC do not have to post the affirmation.

Businesses should be prepared to make their records available for inspection, consistent with applicable law.

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.

Exceptions and Reasonable Accommodations

This private sector workplace requirement does not apply to the following:

Report a Fake Record

If you suspect someone is trying to use a fake proof of vaccination, you can: