NEWS & ANALYSIS

NY State Workers Must Get Vaccinated or Get Tested Weekly


Despite a slew of sexual assault allegations, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is still running the show in New York, now requiring that state employees get vaccinated or face weekly testing.

The governor also announced a stricter mandate for hospitals, saying that all “patient-facing” health care workers at those facilities must be vaccinated.

Currently, as reported by the New York Times, most state employees are not subject to regular testing, except those working in close-knit settings like colleges and universities. Staff at the State University of New York and the City University of New York are required to get tested weekly unless they are fully vaccinated.

Cuomo wants the policy in effect by Labor Day.

“It’s smart, it’s fair and it’s in everyone’s interest,” Cuomo said during a virtual news conference Wednesday. “I think we need dramatic action to get control of this situation. So in New York, and in our state hospitals, all patient-facing health care workers must get vaccinated. There will be no testing option for patient-facing health care workers.”