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NY Mandates Covid Boosters for Health Care Workers

New York will require all health care workers to get Covid-19 booster shots, Gov. Kathy Hochul said today. The Mandates will go into effect soon. There will be no option to test out of the requirement, and no religious exemption will be available.Employees will only avoid the Mandates if they have a medical reason that prevents them from being vaccinated. Hochul also added that they work with our most vulnerable New Yorkers. They have to be boosted.

Workers will have to get boosted within two weeks of becoming eligible New York vaccine’s Mandates. Some employees challenged the lack of a religious exemption, but the state prevailed. Thousands of workers were fired for refusing the shots.Hochul stood by the original Mandates Friday. She said adding the protection of a booster is essential given how fast the omicron variant of the coronavirus spreads and its ability to evade the initial two doses of the vaccines.

NY Mandates Covid Boosters for Health Care WorkersShe also added that we, the health care workers have the best fortification they possibly can, and that means getting a booster shot. Hochul said she didn’t expect significant resistance to the booster requirement. She also noted that the staffing problems hospitals are facing are caused in part by employees getting sick. Boosters will help prevent that.

She also said that they just think it’s worth it to ask them to do the right thing one more time. Hochul outlined some new rules for nursing home visitors. They will have to wear a surgical-type paper mask and show proof of a negative Covid test taken within 24 hours of their visit. Hochul encouraged visitors to take a test at home and bring the results with them but said nursing homes would also have tests for visitors on site.

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