Vaccine mandate isn't biased against Black and Hispanic New Yorkers, judge rules

New York City’s program requiring proof of Covid-19 vaccination to enter restaurants, gyms and clubs can continue, a federal judge ruled, finding no racial bias in the mandate.

Tuesday’s ruling followed a lawsuit filed last month by a group of city residents, including business owners, seeking to block Mayor Bill de Blasio’s program, Key to NYC. They claim it illegally discriminates on the basis of race because Black and Hispanic New Yorkers have vaccination rates below the city average and are therefore disproportionately barred from indoor commercial spaces.

U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan rejected that argument.

“Any African American or Hispanic individual has a right to access a ‘covered

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