NYSDOH Issues Statement on Pending Repeal of COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for Health Care Workers in Regulated Facilities

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has issued the statement below on the pending repeal of its novel coronavirus (COVID-19) mandatory vaccination requirement for health care workers in hospitals and other regulated health care facilities.

New York State Department of Health Statement on Repealing the COVID-19 Healthcare Worker Vaccine Requirement

"Due to the changing landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic and evolving vaccine recommendations, the New York State Department of Health has begun the process of repealing the COVID-19 vaccine requirement for workers at regulated health care facilities.  Throughout the public health emergency, this vaccine requirement served as a critical public health tool, helping to protect both health care workers and the patients under their care.  As the repeal of this regulation awaits consideration for approval by the Public Health and Health Planning Council (PHHPC), the Department will not commence any new enforcement actions.  However, it should be noted that facilities should continue to implement their own internal policies regarding COVID-19 vaccination."  You can read the NYSDOH official letter to health care providers here.