Staff Report • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
All healthcare workers in New York State will now be required to get the COVID vaccine with the first dose being received no later than Monday, Sept. 27.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this on Tuesday, Aug. 17, and it applies to hospital workers as well as long-term care facilities such as nursing homes.
There will be limited exceptions for either religious or medical reasons.
Dr. Tommy Ibrahim at Bassett Healthcare stressed in an internal email the importance of getting the vaccine to hospital staff.
“I understand that we all have very personal feelings and opinions regarding vaccination. But during a public health crisis of this scale, we must consider more than just ourselves as individuals. This is about doing the right thing for our patients and community,” Ibrahim said. “If you have any questions at all about the vaccines, please speak to your health care provider. You can also always reach out to me – call me or email me anytime. I am happy to speak with you about the safety, efficacy, and science behind the COVID-19 vaccines.”
The delta variant has caused a rise in cases in Otsego County with community level transmission now at high level, causing the CDC to recommend masking indoors.