NY state to require COVID-19 booster for healthcare workers

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC) — New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced Friday a COVID-19 booster mandate for healthcare workers.

According to the governor, New York will become the first state in the nation with that requirement, which includes a medical exemption, but no test-out option.

Governor Hochul also announced new visitation requirements in nursing homes to try to fend off the spike in cases due to the Omicron virus.

The governor also addressed concerns about a high number of people showing up at hospital emergency departments with mild symptoms simply to get tested, further contributing to the hospital overcrowding issue.

She also announced that SUNY Brockport and SUNY Geneseo would be added to the list of state testing sites.

Much more on the governor’s announcements tonight on News10NBC at 5 p.m.