Governor Cuomo announced that every New York State employee must get vaccinated. The governor made the announcement yesterday, July 28, 2021. Approximately 130,000 state employees will be required to get vaccinated. They will need to do so by Labor Day, which is Monday, September 6, 2021. If a state employee chooses not to get vaccinated, they will be required to take a COVID-19 test each week. Governor Cuomo said,

New Yorkers have displayed tremendous dedication and resilience to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic across the state, but vaccination rates aren't keeping pace with the Delta variant and we need to act now. That's why we're requiring everyone who works in a state-run hospital and interacts with patients to get vaccinated. New York is taking its vaccination effort a step further and requiring all state employees to get the shot or be tested weekly, and we look forward to working with our sisters and brothers in the labor movement to implement that quickly and effectively by Labor Day.

 

Credit: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo via Youtube

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Healthcare Workers at State-Run Hospitals in New York Must Get Vaccinated

In addition to announcing that New York State employees must get vaccinated, Gov. Cuomo also said that healthcare employees at state-run hospitals, who work with patients, must also get vaccinated.

The Batavia Veterans Home is the only hospital in Western New York that the state runs. Here are the other hospitals that the state runs:

SUNY Stony Brook
SUNY Upstate
SUNY Downstate
Long Island Veterans Home at Stony Brook
Helen Hayes Hospital
SUNY College of Optometry
Montrose Veterans Home
St. Albans Veterans Home
Oxford Veterans Home
Batavia Veterans Home

Source: Governor's website

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