Vaccine Booster Update: Following the CDC’s recommendation - as of today - booster doses are available in New York State for those who received Pfizer as their primary vaccine AND are 65+ or 50+ with underlying medical conditions AND had their 2nd dose at least 6 months ago. 1/
Those 18-49 with underlying medical conditions & individuals with high-risk occupations or institutional settings AND had their 2nd Pfizer dose at least 6 months ago MAY also receive a booster & should make a decision with their doctor based on individual risk & benefit. 2/
We are awaiting FDA action and subsequent CDC guidance on eligibility for individuals who received Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. 3/
In preparation for Monday's vaccination deadline for health care workers, today I am releasing a comprehensive plan to address preventable staffing shortages in hospitals and other health care facilities statewide.
If necessary, I’m prepared to sign an executive order to increase workforce supply and allow qualified health care professionals licensed in other states or countries, recent graduates, retired and formerly practicing health care professionals to practice in New York.
Other options include deployment of medically-trained @NationalGuardNY members, and partnering with the federal government to deploy teams to assist local health and medical systems.
To help slow the spread of the #DeltaVariant and reopen our economy safely, I'm announcing a series of universal mask measures.
Face coverings for kids age 2+, all staff & visitors, are now required at @NYSOCFS-licensed/registered child care centers, home-based group family & family child care programs, after-school child care programs, and enrolled legally exempt group programs during operational hours.