On Thursday, March 17, the New York State Public Health and Health Planning Council (PHHPC) voted to rescind the booster shot mandate for healthcare workers.
The NYS Department of Health (DOH) said that while the booster shot is no longer required, the rule must be added to State Registry before going into effect, according to WETM.
The DOH released this statement:
“To help protect some of our most vulnerable New Yorkers from COVID-19, today the PHHPC extended the original vaccination requirement for healthcare workers that has remained in effect since last year and does not renew the booster dose requirement for healthcare workers. In light of concerns about potential staffing issues, on Feb. 18, the New York State Department of Health announced it would not enforce the mandate requiring healthcare workers get a COVID-19 booster shot. As a result of the healthcare worker vaccine requirement, hospital workers and long term staff have a completed vaccine series of 98 and 99 percent, respectively.”