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Do Vaccine Mandates Work?

What happened when New York City gave its workers nine days to get the shot?


Episode Notes

In mid-October, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York City municipal workers would have just nine days to get the COVID vaccine or risk being put on unpaid leave. Thousands of workers showed up the next week to protest the mandate. A week after the hammer came down, did Mayor de Blasio correctly call their bluff?

Guest: Eric Lach, staff writer for The New Yorker.

Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Davis Land, Danielle Hewitt, Elena Schwartz, and Carmel Delshad.


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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.