NY declares disaster emergency in anticipation of vaccine deadline

Kathy Hochul

NY’s vaccine mandate went into effect on Monday. No healthcare facility has closed as a result.

Where: New York

The Facts

On August 16th, former NY Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a COVID-19 vaccine mandate, requiring all healthcare workers in the State to receive the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by September 27th.

To tackle possible staffing shortages in healthcare institutes due to the vaccine deadline, NY Governor Kathy Hochul signed an executive order on September 27th declaring a statewide disaster emergency for the next 30 days.

The executive order temporarily changes State rules to increase the workforce supply by permitting qualified healthcare workers (licensed in other states or countries), retired professionals, and recent graduates to practice in NY.

On September 29th, Hochul reported that zero healthcare facilities had been closed in the State since the COVID-19 vaccine mandate went into effect.

Hochul stated, “We will continue to monitor developments and work with stakeholders to troubleshoot any issues, and I stand ready to take additional action as needed.”

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