ALBANY – New York State will soon require all healthcare workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo first hinted at the requirement earlier this month as delta variant concerns began to rise statewide.
On Monday, he announced that all healthcare workers in the state, including staff at hospitals and long-term care facilities, and those in nursing homes, adult care, and other congregate care settings, will be required to be vaccinated by Monday, September 27.
The State Department of Health is issuing a “Section 16 Order” which provides limited exceptions for those with religious or medical reasons.
To date, 75 percent of the state’s hospital workers, 74 percent of the state’s adult care facility workers, and 68 percent of the state’s nursing home employees have completed their vaccine series.
Cuomo says Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul’s administration was briefed prior to the announcement.
These steps follow Governor Cuomo’s August 2 announcement that MTA and Port Authority employees working in New York facilities will be required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 by Labor Day, and his July 28 announcement that state employees and patient-facing employees in state-run hospitals will be required to get vaccinated for COVID-19 by Labor Day.
State employees who choose to remain unvaccinated will be required to undergo weekly COVID testing.