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With the COVOD-19 vaccine mandate active, Governor Kathy Hochul signs an executive order to help staff shortages

Now that the COVID vaccine mandate has gone through for healthcare workers, Governor Kathy Hochul has signed an executive order to create a 24/7 Operations Center led by the State Department of Health.

The center will monitor the staffing in all healthcare facilities across the state to step in and help fix staffing shortages in they occur.

The executive order allows healthcare professionals from outside of New York to fill in for licensed positions, including physicians and nurses.

Physicians and practitioners may also work in other facilities when necessary.

The executive order also lets licensed healthcare providers practice without current registration.

EMTs can now test for COVID and administer vaccines. EMS certifications have been extended for one year and out-of-state EMTs can work in New York State.