Unvaccinated employees in New York may soon be forced to get vaccinated. On September 9, 2021, U.S. President Joe Biden made an announcement that affects many New Yorkers. Biden announced that any employee of a company with more than 100 employees must get vaccinated against COVID-19 or show a weekly negative test,

My job as President is to protect all Americans. So, tonight, I’m announcing that the Department of Labor is developing an emergency rule to require all employers with 100 or more employees, that together employ over 80 million workers, to ensure their workforces are fully vaccinated or show a negative test at least once a week.

The announcement will affect just under 50 percent of New York Employees. According to data provided by Empire State Development,

Small businesses form a substantial portion of the New York State economy: 98 percent of New York businesses have fewer than 100 employees (the State’s definition of a small business). Looking at employment, over 54 percent of the workforce is employed in firms with fewer than 100 employees.

The info is from 2019, so the numbers may have changed a bit due to the pandemic, with many small businesses forced to close their doors.

President Biden has also mandated that all federal employees be vaccinated via an Executive Order also issued on September 9,

In light of the public health guidance regarding the most effective and necessary defenses against COVID-19, I have determined that to promote the health and safety of the Federal workforce and the efficiency of the civil service, it is necessary to require COVID-19 vaccination for all Federal employees, subject to such exceptions as required by law.

New York has issued its own vaccine mandates for state employees. According to Patch, about a fifth of people employed in the state work for some type of government,

In New York, 16.4% of the workforce are employed by the government — either at the state, local, or federal level — the 24th highest share of all states.

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New York State is Mandating That All These People Take the Vaccine [List]

-New York's first female Governor, Kathy Hochul, announced on October 5, 2021, that more healthcare workers must get vaccinated. The new announcement expands the healthcare worker vaccine mandate that is already in place. Now, people who work in facilities regulated by the Office of Mental Health and the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities must get vaccinated by November 1. They will need to show proof of having received at least one vaccine shot by the deadline. Prior to the deadline, employees will now be required to get tested weekly starting October 12. After November 1, there will be no option to get tested weekly rather than get vaccinated.

- All school personnel in the state will be required to take the vaccine. Gov. Kathy Hochul made the announcement on her first day in office, outlining her plan for protecting students in NY,

- Prior to leaving office, Governor Cuomo announced on August 16, that all healthcare professionals must get vaccinated.

- Governor Cuomo announced that every New York State employee must get vaccinated. The governor made the announcement on July 28. Approximately 130,000 state employees will be required to get vaccinated. If a state employee chooses not to get vaccinated, they will be required to take a COVID-19 test each week.

- CUNY and SUNY students must be vaccinated in order to attend in-person classes.

- All active-duty and reserve military members (not directly mandate through NYS, but affects members of the military in the state). On August 25, the United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III, issued a memo stating that all members of the armed services must be vaccinated.

There are five military bases in New York - Fort Drum Army Base in Jefferson, Fort Hamilton Army Base in Brooklyn, Us Military Academy Army Base in West Point, Watervilet Arsenal Army Base in Watervilet and Saratoga Springs NSU Navy Base in Saratoga Springs. The National Guard has approximately 21,000 soldiers in the state.

If you live in New York State and would like to get the vaccine, you can call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX or get more information here.

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