Cuomo ordering all New York state workers to be vaccinated or face testing

Cuomo ordering all New York state workers to be vaccinated or face testing
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New York Governor Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoZeldin says he's in remission after treatment for leukemia Letitia James holding private talks on running for New York governor: report Governors brace for 2022 after year in pandemic spotlight MORE (D) announced on Wednesday he would be requiring all New York state workers to be vaccinated or face regular COVID-19 testing.

New York State will mandate all state employees either be vaccinated or get tested regularly,” Cuomo tweeted.

“We are working with the state unions to implement this program quickly & fairly. Will take effect by Labor Day,” he added. 

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Cuomo’s decision comes days after New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioGoogle to purchase Manhattan building for .1 billion New York to start weekly COVID-19 testing in schools Three arrested for allegedly assaulting NYC hostess who asked for COVID-19 vaccine proof MORE (D) implemented a similar requirement for city workers.

Cuomo is placing a stricter vaccine requirement on state hospital workers to get the vaccine, with no option to opt out, and submit to regular testing.

“Our healthcare workers carried us through this pandemic—and we owe it to them to do what we can to keep Delta under control,” he tweeted Wednesday.

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“NYS will require patient-facing healthcare workers at State hospitals to get vaccinated to help keep both patients and workers safe,” Cuomo added.

The new requirements come as the delta variant is causing COVID-19 cases to rise across the country, with mostly unvaccinated individuals hospitalized or dying from the variant.

The governor is encouraging local governments in the state to place similar requirements on their local government workers.

Cuomo’s move comes as President BidenJoe BidenUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Schumer moves to break GOP blockade on Biden's State picks GOP Rep. Cawthorn likens vaccine mandates to 'modern-day segregation' MORE is also expected to announce plans to require federal workers to be vaccinated or submit to regular testing.