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New York to mandate COVID-19 boosters for health care workers

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Gov. Kathy Hochul said Friday health care workers in New York will be required to get boosters.

New York is planning to require health care workers to get COVID-19 booster shots following the mandate that they all get an initial vaccine series.

Hospitals across the state lost several workers who refused to get the shots, including nearly 300 locally at Mohawk Valley Health System.

Hochul said she’s asking the workers to “do the right thing” one more time.

“We have already seen what's happening in our healthcare environments, staff is getting sick. We need them well. we need them to have the best fortification they possibly can and that means getting a booster shot,” said Hochul.

The governor says there will not be a test-out option, and only medical exemptions will be considered.

The workers will be required to get the booster within two weeks of becoming eligible either 6 months after a Pfizer or Moderna series, or two months after a Johnson & Johnson shot.

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