Gov. Hochul tells New Yorkers to be ready for vaccine requirements
Gov. Kathy Hochul is preparing New Yorkers for some new vaccine requirements.
On her first day as governor, Hochul says combatting the coronavirus is one of her top priorities and that too many people are unvaccinated and putting their communities and themselves at risk.
“We need to require vaccinations for all school personnel with an option to test out weekly, at least for now,” Hochul says.
Hochul says with the Food and Drug Administration’s full approval of the Pfizer vaccine on Monday, other vaccine requirements are coming.
Northwell Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Batinelli says the new governor is making the correct move for the state.
“Until the number of cases goes down to a safe level, we have to do what we can with prevention and that is vaccination and masking,” Batinelli says.
He says Northwell Health started the summer with around 60 COVID patients and now there are around 300.
Battinelli says those getting very sick are “quite regretful” that they didn’t get vaccinated.
Some people like Plainview resident MaryAnn Caputo says she doesn’t agree with any vaccine requirements.