New York to Require Covid Vaccine for State Employees

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New York state plans to mandate all state employees be vaccinated or get tested regularly in an effort to stem a surge of cases linked to the contagious delta variant of the Covid-19 virus.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said he aims to work with unions to implement a policy by Labor Day and urged local governments do the same. For patient-facing health-care workers in New York state hospitals, the vaccine will be required and there won’t be a testing option, he said during a briefing Wednesday. Only 56.6% of New Yorkers are fully vaccinated, with 75% of adults in the state having received one shot.

Cuomo said he was still considering whether to institute a state-wide indoor masking mandate in lieu of revised guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday that even fully vaccinated people resume wearing masks indoors in high-transmission areas. Even so, he urged local governments to “seriously consider” the CDC guidance.

The state is doing a “full review” of the CDC guidance and is speaking with federal and international experts, Cuomo said.

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