Hochul requires boosters for NY State University students

CUNY and SUNY students will be required to get their COVID-19 boosters by next semester – while the state “Wax or Mask” mandate for companies is now extended to February 1, Gov. Kathy Hochul said Friday.

Hochul – announces move in the middle a tidal wave of Omicron cases sweeping across the nation – also said she has asked the Biden administration to allow New York to require visitors to local nursing homes to have proof of vaccination to see their loved ones.

She pointed out that thousands of fragile nursing home residents died during the first outbreak of the virus last year.

The Booster Edict for CUNY and SUNY students requires them to get the third shot before returning to their campuses for the spring semester, which starts within a few weeks. The students earlier was required to get COVID vaccines and are regularly tested for the virus.

“To return to your university campus, you need to have a boost. This will be part of the reopening,” Hochul said.

The governor pointed out how contagious COVID can be among young people who congregate in a campus environment, especially with the highly transmissible Omicron strain of the virus.

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To return to campus, CUNY and SUNY students will be required to be boosted, Hochul said.
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Governor Kathy Hochul announced SUNY, the CUNY vaccine mandate.
Governor Kathy Hochul announced SUNY, the CUNY vaccine mandate.
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Meanwhile, she said the state’s “Vax or Mask” mandate, which is expected to expire on January 15, will be extended to February 1.

The rule requires that masks be worn in all indoor public places unless companies or venues implement a vaccine requirement.

The future mayor of New York, Eric Adams, he said will extend an order implemented by outgoing mayor Bill de Blasio demands employees in the private sector to be vaccinated – a mandate that has provoked backlash among small merchants struggling to survive.

Hochul also announced the latest sober state COVID numbers, noting that 7,919 residents were hospitalized with the virus, including about half – 3,925 – in New York City medical facilities as of Thursday, according to recent heights. Eighty people died.

A person is seen wearing a protective face mask outside the State University of New York.
Hochul pointed out how contagious COVID can be among young people who gather on campus.
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She emphasized what The Post reported on Thursday – that the vast majority of patients admitted for COVID are unvaccinated.

“The answer lies right in front of us. Get vaccinated,” she said.

She said her five-point plan in the middle of Omicron focuses on: keeping kids in school; mask-bearing and stepping tests; prevention of serious illness and death, increase vaccination and booster rates and work with local officials to implement the plan.


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