ALBANY, NY (WENY) — The New York State Department of Health announced Wednesday, May 24th that it was repealing the COVID-19 vaccination requirement for healthcare workers. The move to end the mandate comes after years of legal challenges and thousands of health care workers in the state losing their jobs, retiring, resigning or furloughed.
The statement continues, “Throughout the public health emergency, this vaccine requirement served as a critical public health tool, helping to protect both health care workers and the patients under their care. As the repeal of this regulation awaits consideration for approval by the Public Health and Health Planning Council (PHHPC), the Department will no longer enforce the requirement. However, it should be noted that facilities should continue to implement their own internal policies regarding COVID-19 vaccination.”