Governor Cuomo Announces MTA and New York Port Authority Employees Will Be Required to Get Vaccinated For COVID-19 or Be Tested Weekly Starting Labor Day
MTA Vaccination Sites to Reopen for Employees
9 Vaccination Sites to Open in Areas with High Concentrations of State Employees
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced on 8/2/2021 that MTA and Port Authority employees working in New York facilities will be required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or be tested weekly starting Labor Day. Employee-only vaccination sites that previously closed as usage dropped will be reopened while those that remained open will continue to operate. Nine new vaccination sites will open in locations with a high concentration of state employees to make getting vaccinated as convenient as possible for those who haven’t been yet.
“Everybody is talking about mask policies right now, but I don’t believe a mask policy is going to be enough – we need to talk about a vaccination policy,” Governor Cuomo said. “We’ve taken the first step by mandating that all state employees get the vaccine or get tested weekly, and we’re expanding on that by requiring all MTA and Port Authority workers to do so as well. The state is leading the way, but local governments, schools, public hospitals and even businesses should start considering mandatory vaccinations as well because if these numbers start to rise quickly, we can’t afford to go backward and lose the progress we’ve already made.”