Cuomo mandates vaccines for health care workers by Sept. 27 – Times Union

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Cuomo Mandates Vaccines For Health Care Workers By Sept 27 Times Union

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday said all healthcare workers in New York, including staff at hospitals and long-term care facilities will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Sept. 27. He also announced that individuals with compromised immune systems can receive a third vaccination.

The directive that will be issued by the state health department requiring hospitals, long-term care facilities and nursing homes to to mandate employee vaccinations through a policy, with “limited exceptions for those with religious or medical reasons.”

The governor’s office said 75 percent of the state’s 450,000 hospital workers have been vaccinated, along with 74 percent of the 30,000 adult care workers and 68 percent of the 145,500 nursing home employees.

Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul’s administration was briefed prior to the announcement, the governor’s release said.
 
“When COVID ambushed New York last year, New Yorkers acted, while the federal government denied the problem,” Cuomo said. “Now, the Delta variant is spreading across the nation and across New York — new daily positives are up over 1,000 percent over the last six weeks, and over 80 percent of recent positives in New York state are linked to the Delta variant. We must now act again to stop the spread.”
 
Cuomo also announced that the state Department of Health has authorized a third COVID-19 vaccine dose for New Yorkers with compromised immune systems, following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation last week. Eligible New Yorkers can receive their third dose 28 days after the completion of their two-dose vaccine series, effective immediately.

Last month, Cuomo had directed employees of state-run hospitals be vaccinated by Labor Day.

The CDC’s recommendation for those with moderate to severe health problems includes individuals who have:

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood;
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medications to suppress the immune system;
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system;
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome);
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection;
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids, cancer chemotherapy that causes sever immunosuppression, or other medications that may suppress your immune response.

The governor’s office recommended individuals consult their healthcare provider on whether to receive a third vaccination.

“While we have made tremendous progress in getting New Yorkers vaccinated, this pandemic is far from over and more must be done,” said state health Commissioner Howard Zucker. “The data and science tell us that getting more people vaccinated as quickly as possible is the best way to keep people safe, prevent further mutations, and enable us to resume our daily routines.”