COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

NYC Vaccine For All: Safe, Free, Easy


On December 13, 2021, a new Health Order was announced. The Order requires that private sector workers, including TLC-Licensed Drivers and Operators, be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Beginning December 27, 2021, workers who perform in-person work or interact with the public in the course of business must have proof they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Workers will then have 45 days to get their second dose. To schedule a vaccine appointment, visit COVID-19 Vaccine Finder website.

Businesses must verify and keep a record of their employee’s proof of vaccination. Businesses, including garages and bases, can comply with this mandate by following the steps set out by the Department of DOHMH at nyc.gov/vaxtowork.

Please note that reasonable accommodations may be issued for medical or religious reasons. Detailed information on reasonable accommodations is also available at nyc.gov/vaxtowork.

TLC-Licensed Drivers can comply with the Order by keeping their proof of vaccination with them while driving.

Neither TLC-Licensed Drivers nor Passengers are required to provide the other with proof of vaccination.

For more information on the vaccine mandate, please click the link below:
https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/counseltothemayor/downloads/Workplace-FAQ.pdf

Masks continue to be required by both TLC-Licensed Drivers and Passengers during transport. If a Passenger refuses to wear a mask, the TLC-Licensed Driver can refuse service without fear of a penalty.

Vaccine Mandate Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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What is the vaccine mandate?

By Order of the Health Commissioner, all workers, including TLC-Licensed Drivers, will need to have at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by December 27, 2021. Workers must also have their second vaccine dose 45 days after that time. To comply with this requirement, TLC Licensed Drivers must have proof of their COVID-19 vaccination at all times when on-duty.

How do I schedule a vaccine appointment?

To schedule a vaccine appointment, you can visit COVID-19 Vaccine Finder website or call 877-VAX-4NYC to find a participating site. If your first vaccine dose or a booster shot is at a NYC-run site, you are eligible to receive a $100 pre-paid debit card.

I want an accommodation because of my religion or medical condition. How do I receive one?

Reasonable accommodations may be granted only for documented medical or religious reasons. If you are an independent contractor, you will need to have a completed reasonable accommodation form with you at all times while on duty, as well as proof of your weekly negative PCR test. If you are an employee, you will need to present the reasonable accommodation form to your employer.

For more information on reasonable accommodations, please click on the link: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/covid/vaccination-workplace-accommodations.pdf.

Do I need to get vaccinated if I am self-employed?

All workers in NYC who interact with the public, including TLC Licensees, must have at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by December 27, 2021. They will then have 45 days to get their second dose.

What is acceptable as proof of COVID-19 vaccination?

You will need to keep one of the following as proof of vaccination in your TLC Licensed Vehicle while on-duty:

  • A photo or hard copy of your CDC vaccination card
  • NYC COVID Safe App
  • New York State Excelsior Pass
  • CLEAR’s Digital Vaccine Card, CLEAR Health Pass
  • Official vaccine record
  • A photo or hard copy of an official vaccination record of a vaccine administered outside the United States, such as: AstraZeneca/SK Bioscience, Serum Institute of India/COVISHIELD and Vaxzevria, Sinopharm, or Sinovac.

What will happen if I do not get vaccinated?

If you do not have the required proof of vaccination, you may not be able to work and be subject to fines. Inspectors from different City agencies will begin to enforce the requirement beginning on 12/27/21.

Can I be penalized from Uber, Lyft, or the base I work for?

Please contact your Base regarding their policies. All businesses working in New York City must follow the Mandate set by the Health Commissioner.