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New York to mandate COVID-19 vaccine boosters for health care workers

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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has announced that health care workers will be required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot.

The mandate, which does not include a test-out option, will require health care workers to get their booster dose within two weeks of them becoming eligible, unless they have a medical exemption.

Hochul said that New York State Department of Health Acting Commissioner Dr. Mary Basset will recommend the move to the Public Health and Health Planning Council.

A news release explains that, "Following review and approval by the Public Health and Health Planning Council at their emergency meeting on Tuesday, the emergency regulation will be filed with the Department of State (DOS). Regulations are effective upon the filing with DOS."

Hochul, a Democratpolitician who previously served as lieutenant governor, became the governor last year after Andrew Cuomo stepped down. Hochul made history as the Empire State's first female governor and is now running in the 2022 Democratic gubernatorial primary with her sights set on eventually winning a full term in office during the state's general election.

The governor said that "we've seen hospitals and healthcare facilities stressed because people who maybe only have the vaccination, not boosted, are having breakthroughs."

Some people who have been fully vaccinated and boosted have still tested positive for COVID-19.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, who also serves as chief medical advisor to President Biden, has said that "optimal protection" is achieved with a vaccine booster.

"Right now, optimal protection is with a third shot of an mRNA or a second shot of a J&J," Fauci said earlier this week, according to Bloomberg Law.

January 7, 2022 Governor Kathy Hochul Briefing

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