New York's first female governor, Kathy Hochul, announced yesterday, August 31, 2021, that the State is considering additional staff COVID-19 vaccination mandates. In a press release issued via the Governor's website, it says that she is exploring a requirement for staff in all state-regulated facilities to receive the vaccine,

The state health department and the Public Health and Health Planning Council in the days ahead to put in place mandatory weekly COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated public and charter school employees, and to establish a vaccination requirement for all staff at state-regulated facilities and congregate settings. 

She spoke about this and other plans NYS is working on during an appearance at the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine.

She also spoke about how the State is working on setting up weekly mandatory COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated school employees. If the State does require all staff at state-regulated facilities to be vaccinated, they will join a growing population of people.

I have put in a request for further clarification, as it does not specify whether it is specifically state-regulated "facilities" in the healthcare industry or any state-regulated facilities in every industry.

Here is a list of all the professions and people that New York State is requiring to get vaccinated against COVID-19:
- Prior to leaving office, Governor Cuomo announced on August 16, that all healthcare professionals must get vaccinated.
- Governor Cuomo announced that every New York State employee must get vaccinated.
- CUNY and SUNY students must be vaccinated in order to attend in-person classes.
- New York City residents who want to enjoy indoor, public activities, including dining, entertainment and fitness.
- All school personnel
- All active-duty and reserve military members (not directly mandate through NYS, but affects members of the military in the state).

As of 11 am on August 31, 46,143 vaccine doses have been administered in the past 24hours, 367,128 vaccine doses have been administered in the past 7 days, and a grand total of 23,665,694
vaccine doses administered across the state.

If you live in New York State and would like to get the vaccine, you can get more information here.

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If you are interested in getting vaccinated, the Erie County Department of Health has several pop-up vaccination events coming up:
 

Thursday, September 2, 2021
ECC South, located at 4041 Southwestern Blvd. in Building 7 (Old DMV), Orchard Park, NY 14127, from 12 pm to 4 pm

Northland Workforce Training Center, located at 683 Northland Ave, Buffalo, NY 14211, from 10 am to 4 pm.

Friday, September 3, 2021
ECC South, located at 4041 Southwestern Blvd. in Building 7 (Old DMV), Orchard Park, NY 14127, from 12 pm to 4 pm

Johnnie B Wiley, located at 1100 Jefferson Ave, Buffalo, NY 14208, from 3 pm to 8 pm.

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Central Terminal (495 Paderewski Dr., Buffalo, NY 14212) from 10 am to 12:30 pm.  This vaccination pop-up is a part of the Second Annual Backpack Giveaway event hosted by Legislator Howard Johnson and Buffalo Councilmember Mitch Nowakowski.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021
ECC South, located at 4041 Southwestern Blvd. in Building 7 (Old DMV), Orchard Park, NY 14127, from 12 pm to 4 pm

Wednesday, September 8, 2021
ECC South, located at 4041 Southwestern Blvd. in Building 7 (Old DMV), Orchard Park, NY 14127, from 12 pm to 4 pm

Thursday, September 9, 2021
ECC South, located at 4041 Southwestern Blvd. in Building 7 (Old DMV), Orchard Park, NY 14127, from 12 pm to 4 pm

Friday, September 10, 2021
ECC South, located at 4041 Southwestern Blvd. in Building 7 (Old DMV), Orchard Park, NY 14127, from 12 pm to 4 pm

You can register for any of the Erie County vaccine pop-ups by visiting the County's vaccination website. You can also get a vaccine at home by calling (716)858-2929 or visiting http://erie.gov/vax, which is also where you can register for any of the pop-up events above.

Credit: Governor Kathy Hochul via Youtube

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