Orthodox Jewish families have teamed up with a Roman Catholic in New York to file a federal lawsuit this week against New York Mayor Eric Adams over the city’s COVID-19 vaccine passport program.
A series of executive orders under former Mayor Bill de Blasio established the city’s “Key to NYC” policy, a seemingly innocuous name for a program that requires everyone five and older to show proof of vaccination before entering a wide variety of New York City establishments. The program does not allow for any medical or religious exemption, and imposes fines on anyone who violates the requirements, but makes exceptions for privileged groups such as professional athletes and pop stars.
“If you want to participate in our society fully, you’ve got to get vaccinated,” de Blasio said in August 2021, when he announced the policy.
When Adams was sworn in on January 1, he maintained that he would continue to uphold the policy.