New York is the First State to Require US Booster for Healthcare Workers
New York will be the first US state to make a booster shot mandatory for people who work in healthcare. Governor Kathy Hochul said that exceptions on medical grounds are possible, but a negative test will not be allowed as an alternative.
Employees do not have to get the third shot immediately, but they do have to get it within two years after they become eligible. The plan still has to be approved by health authorities in the eastern state, but Hochul expects a green light soon.
Healthcare personnel in New York, which concerns 600,000 people, had to be vaccinated before the end of September; otherwise, they were threatened with dismissal or suspension. Thousands got a shot at the last minute. There has been a lot of opposition to the vaccination obligation, and several lawsuits have been filed.
The number of corona infections in the state is increasing rapidly, as in the rest of the United States. New York reported more than 82,000 new cases in the last 24 hours. Corona patients now occupy more than 11,500 hospital beds; 364 were added in the past 24 hours.