As the deadline to get vaxxed closes in NYC today, several healthcare workers in private hospitals including SUNY are set to lose their jobs, while the Hochul administration is launching a massive testing drive for state employees that remain unvaccinated.
While all state and private healthcare employees in New York have should have received at least one COVID-19 shot by today, or face being fired, state workers in other jobs have the option of either getting vaccinated or tested weekly.
The administration on Sunday began accepting bids for labs and other medical providers to arrange for the weekly testing component, which will include home-collection kits. There are 116,000 non-healthcare employees at state agencies — and the winning bidders should have the ability to provide a total of approximately “thirty-six thousand testing kits” weekly, state officials say.
On the other hand, job security looks highly unlikely for unvaccinated workers at private healthcare facilities including SUNY-run hospitals where Chancellor Jim Malatras has warned that if workers refuse to get the coronavirus vaccine, they will be slapped with “immediate suspension and pending termination.”
Starting today, the state order will require workers in healthcare facilities in New York to receive at least a first shot or risk being fired, unless they have an approved medical exemption.