New York Vaccine Mandates: What You Need to Know

The vaccines were ordered by New York City for public school employees, by the state for healthcare workers, and by the state court system for staff members after the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine received approval. Total from the US Food and Drug Administration in August.

This is what we know when the deadline approaches.

The New York State Department of Health issued an order last month requiring all health care workers in the state to be vaccinated by Sept. 27.

As of last Wednesday, 84% of hospital workers, 81% of staff in all adult care facilities and 77% of all staff in nursing home facilities were fully vaccinated in the state, according to the governor’s office.

Hospitals reported highly variable vaccination rates over the weekend, with Mount Sinai and NewYork-Presbyterian saying nearly 100% already met the requirement.

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However, the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo said that about 85% of its staff members were vaccinated and it expects that 10% of its staff, about 400 workers, will not be vaccinated before the deadline.

Employees at New York City’s 11 public hospitals who do not meet the deadline will receive unpaid leave, but can return to work if vaccinated, said NYC Health + Hospitals spokeswoman Stephanie M Guzman.

Gov. Kathy Hochul said Saturday that she is prepared to declare a state of emergency prevent staff shortages that may occur as a result of non-compliance with the mandate.

That would allow healthcare professionals licensed in other states or countries, recent graduates, and retired professionals to practice in New York.

A hospital in upstate New York already has paused the delivery of babies by the number of employees who had resigned due to the mandate.
Some employees may resort to temporary restraining order from the federal judge that prevents the state from enforcing the mandate if healthcare workers claim a religious exemption.

A hearing in the case is scheduled for Tuesday.

New York City Mandate for Public School Employees

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last month that all city education department staff must be vaccinated by Sept. 27.

About 81% of all department employees and 87% of teachers had received at least one dose as of Thursday night, according to the New York City Department of Education.

That raised the question of whether the 10,000 who had not been shown to have received at least one injection of the vaccine I would be absent from the classrooms Come Tuesday morning.

However, on Friday, a federal appeals court issued a temporary injunction against the injunction, meaning the requirement may not yet go into effect.

De Blasio said Monday that the previous regime remains in effect until the legal issue is resolved. That policy requires staff who have not been vaccinated to be tested weekly for the virus.

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It remains to be seen whether the pardon for unvaccinated workers will continue. The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a notice placing the motion on Wednesday’s calendar, according to a spokesman for the New York City Department of Law.

The appeals court’s move came a day after a U.S. District Court judge ruled against a court order. The plaintiffs’ attorneys later appealed and won a temporary injunction.

For its part, the DOE is confident that the mandate will be honored “once all the facts have been presented, because that is the level of protection our students and staff deserve,” said spokeswoman Danielle Filson.

The mayor expressed the same confidence in a press conference on Monday.

“We are confident that the city and our educational (system) will prevail,” de Blasio said. “We have won in court in similar matters before and we hope to win again quickly this week.”

Vaccination Mandate for Court Employees

A vaccination mandate also goes into effect Monday for state judges and court workers, including court attorneys.

However, a New York judge on Friday postponed the requirement for the more than 5,000 court workers represented by the Civil Service Employees Association union.

The union had argued that the statewide requirement for mandatory vaccinations constituted a new work rule that changed the terms and conditions of their employment, and the vaccinations mandate was implemented without prior negotiation with the union, in violation of the Civil Service.

The judicial system did not identify any statute that specifically allows the imposition of a vaccine mandate without prior negotiation with the union, the judge found.

A hearing in the case is scheduled for Oct. 1, according to court documents.

CNN’s Aya Elamroussi, Artemis Moshtaghian, Mallory Simon, Kristina Sgueglia, Dakin Andone, Laura Ly, and Elizabeth Joseph contributed to this report.

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