Should private businesses start mandating vaccines for employees and their customers? New York Governor Andrew Cuomo thinks so.

First, Governor Cuomo announced all state employees must get vaccinated for COVID-19 or be tested weekly starting on Labor Day. MTA and Port Authority employees working in New York facilities have now been added to the list of people who will be required to get a shot or be tested.

But the Governor wants more. He's asking private businesses to do the same.

"Local governments, schools, public hospitals, and even businesses should start considering mandatory vaccinations as well," Governor Cuomo said during a press briefing.

Many are upset over vaccine mandates. Two nurses are going viral for holding signs protesting the mandatory vaccines. One read "We worked thru the pandemic with no vaccine, now they want to fire us." While another said "Last year's heroes, this year's unemployed."

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Vaccination sites that previously closed as usage dropped are being reopened and nine new sites will open in locations with a high concentration of state employees to make getting vaccinated as convenient as possible for those who haven't been yet.

New vaccination sites

  • Utica State Office Building
  • Hughes State Office Building in Syracuse
  • Dulles State Office Building in Watertown
  • Binghamton State Office Building
  • Empire State Plaza Concourse
  • Eleanor Roosevelt State Office Building in Poughkeepsie
  • Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building in Harlem
  • Duryea State Office Building in Hauppauge
  • NYS Department of Labor, Hicksville

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