Wednesday, September 22, 2021

NY Gov. Cuomo announces COVID-19 vaccine mandate for state employees

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday that he would make all state employees either vaccinated or tested regularly.

“President [Joe] Biden is reported to be announcing soon that all federal employees should be vaccinated or tested. New York State is doing the same,” Cuomo said during a virtual meeting.

On Tuesday, Biden said a mandate for all federal workers to get the CCP (Communist Party of China) virus – which causes the disease COVID-19 – vaccine “is under consideration.”

“It’s smart. It’s fair. It’s in everyone’s interest,” Cuomo continued, noting that he is working with state unions to implement the mandate by Labor Day.

New York has approximately 130,000 state employees.

“But I think we have to go further here. I think we need dramatic action to get this situation under control,” Cuomo declared. “So in New York and our state hospitals, all patients— Health care workers who are exposed should be vaccinated. There will be no testing option for patient-facing health care workers. “

“It is a point of contact. This could be a serious spread event,” Cuomo explained.

Cuomo’s announcement comes after the Department of Justice (DOJ) concluded in an opinion Tuesday that federal law does not prohibit public agencies and private businesses from requiring CCP virus vaccines, even those vaccines. also those that are under the emergency use authorization of the Food and Drug Administration.

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The US Department of Justice is visible in Washington on June 11, 2021. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

“By law, an employer can mandate vaccines,” Cuomo continued, referencing the DOJ opinion.

Cuomo encourages the private sector to accept “vaccinated-only people” at their establishments.

“I think it’s good business for the private sector. I also think it provides a real incentive for people to get the vaccine,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo did not announce mandates on schools, but said school districts should “strongly consider taking more aggressive action.”

“Schools could become super-spreaders in September,” Cuomo claimed.

Cuomo pointed out that the CCP virus vaccine is under emergency use authorization right now, so states are limited in what they can do.

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“Once the vaccine is approved, the state has more legal authority to mandate the vaccine,” Cuomo said.

On Monday, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced its CCP virus vaccine mandate for health care workers, becoming the first major federal agency to implement such a mandate.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday that all employees in the city would either be vaccinated or tested weekly. California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a similar measure hours later.

New York has more than 400,000 employees, while California has at least 238,000 state employees.

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NY Gov. Cuomo announces COVID-19 vaccine mandate for state employees
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