New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday said the city has seen “covids-19 pandemic” and is “not ready to accept the false information” circulating about the disease.
De Blasio made the comments during a visit to New York’s West Side in the midst of a lockdown.
“As we begin to see the symptoms of a pandemic, we’re not ready to put people’s lives in danger,” he said, according to the New York Daily News.
The mayor also said that if he had a daughter, he would take her to a medical facility where she would receive the vaccine.
“My daughter will have to be vaccinated,” he told the newspaper.
De Blasio has been a vocal critic of the coronavirus and his administration has been pushing a campaign of misinformation.
“If you’re a parent, you have to make sure your child gets the right vaccine,” he has said.
“There is no such thing as a safe vaccine, there is no vaccine that will protect you and your family,” he added.
“It is true that some children may not get the vaccine that’s given to everyone else, but they’re also not going to be protected against the virus that’s spreading through our community.”
The mayor has said he will call on the American public to vaccinate their children, but that his administration’s efforts have been met with skepticism.
“People are sick and they’re dying, so we’ve got to do everything we can to protect our children,” he was quoted as saying in October.
DeBlasio also said his administration will be working to ensure that the city’s water supply is safe.