Lift the vax mandate, Mayor Adams

On Thursday, the US Supreme Court blocked the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate on private employers. Mayor Eric Adams should take the Supremes’ hint and drop the similar city mandate on local businesses that he inherited.

As Gov. Kathy Hochul has stated and the data show: Omicron in New York has peaked and is no longer the threat it once seemed. Plus, this variant is far less virulent. The facts simply don’t justify keeping the de Blasio edict.

In a Friday speech at the Steinway piano factory in Queens, Adams noted that the city has gone from 42,641 new cases on Jan. 9 to 33,305 cases on Jan. 13; he also praised the workers’ show of resiliency in the face of the pandemic, as he continued his push to encourage businesses to bring workers back.

But the vax mandate is a major bar to bringing “home” office workers, especially. It forces businesses to divert resources to jumping through hoops that don’t actually translate into greater safety for anyone; waiting out its inevitable repeal is just another reason to delay reopening plans.

Returning to some semblance of normalcy is Priority No. 1, not least for the countless small businesses that need commuters shopping in the city again. (Not to mention the MTA, and the public-safety benefits of having more eyes on the streets.)

Adams campaigned on getting the city moving again. Killing a mandate that clearly no longer makes any sense is the best single step he can to take to making that a reality.

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