ALBANY – New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo is calling for new “dramatic action” to control the spread COVID-19 statewide.
Cuomo, speaking on Wednesday, announced the state will soon mandate all government and hospital workers to be vaccinated against the virus.
State-run hospitals and facilities include:
SUNY Stony Brook
- SUNY Upstate
- SUNY Downstate
- Long Island Veterans Home at Stony Brook
- Helen Hayes Hospital
- SUNY College of Optometry
- Montrose Veterans Home
- St. Albans Veterans Home
- Oxford Veterans Home
- Batavia Veterans Home
He hopes to begin the requirement on September 1, in reaction to COVID-19 Delta Variant concerns.
“We are working with the state unions to implement this program quickly and fairly,” said Cuomo.
He is also asking local governments, counties, cities and towns, to do the same.
President Joe Biden is also working to mandate the vaccine for federal employees as well.
The Governor also called on the FDA to expedite final approval of the vaccine and end emergency use authorization restrictions. Governor Cuomo also urged local governments to require all employees to be vaccinated or submit to testing by Labor Day. If the numbers continue to increase, school districts in affected areas should also strongly consider taking further action.
As for schools, Cuomo says if COVID-19 activity continues to rise around the state, districts in “effected areas should strongly consider taking more aggressive actions so that schools don’t become superspreaders in September.”