Healthcare Industry Employers with NY Employees
August 26, 2021
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The New York State Department of Health issued emergency regulations requiring workers in healthcare facilities to get vaccinated. The emergency regulations expand on the Summary Order on vaccination issued a week prior. The regulations apply to specific categories of healthcare providers, including hospitals, nursing homes, diagnostic and treatment centers, certain home health agencies and programs, hospices, and adult care facilities. They also apply to anyone employed by or affiliated with a covered employer, regardless of whether they are paid.
Hospitals and nursing home workers must receive their first vaccine dose by September 27, 2021; all other categories of healthcare providers must have their employees receive their first dose by October 7, 2021. Unless an individual has a medical exemption, employees are not permitted to work if they do not meet the requirements by the stated deadlines. There is no exemption for religious beliefs.
Employers must issue a vaccination policy consistent with the regulations. They must also keep evidence of vaccination status, medical exemption certifications, and reasonable accommodations. The emergency regulations will expire on November 24, 2021, unless further action is taken.
- Review the emergency regulations here.
- Implement a mandatory vaccine policy and procedures consistent with the new requirements.
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