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New York is getting ready to distribute COVID booster shots, but no timeline set

New York is moving forward with beginning distribution of COVID-19 vaccine booster shots across the state. It means local health departments will be provided with a total $65 million to help with the effort financially.

“We’ll want to have the infrastructure in place to make sure everyone gets a booster,” Governor Kathy Hochul said on Tuesday.

State officials are also considering expanded vaccine mandates in state-run facilities. Health care workers are currently required to be vaccinated by Labor Day or face weekly testing.

The highly contagious delta variant is driving the renewed push to provide booster shots as soon as they are available.

“I will not be micromanaging, but I will be making guidance based on your input,” Hochul added. “I will not be imposing state locations on you without consultation.”