Governor Kathy Hochul has launched new efforts to increase COVID-19 vaccinations and prepare for booster shots upon FDA approval.
First off, she directed the State Department of Health to authorize basic emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to help administer the shots.
This immediately adds more than 2,000 fully trained vaccinators back into the state’s program.
An additional 50,000 basic EMTs will also be able to receive the required training to eventually join this process.
Hochul also announced a series of new universal mask requirements to protect against the rising Delta variant.
Face coverings are now mandatory in all state-regulated childcare facilities for kids two and up; along with any staff and visitors.
The rule same applies for all residents/staff at congregate programs operated, licensed, certified or approved by the Office of Children and Family Services.
Additionally, masks are now required in all programs and facilities licensed or registered by:
- Office of Mental Health
- Office of Addiction Services and Supports
- Office for People with Developmental Disabilities
- Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance to Require Masks
These mask mandates are effective regardless of vaccination status.