Hochul: New York to allow EMTs to administer COVID boosters

Governor also announces all workers at child care centers in New York must now wear face coverings.
Published: Sep. 15, 2021 at 9:52 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 15, 2021 at 3:56 PM EDT
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ALBANY, N.Y. (WCAX) - New York Gov. Kathy Hochul says state officials are preparing for the rollout of COVID booster shots. They’re expected this fall.

The governor said Wednesday the state is directing authorities to allow EMTs to administer vaccines in anticipation of possible crowds when the shots become available.

“Many county executives told me that they would like to be able to have this ability for their local fire departments and health agencies and that adds over 2,000 fully trained vaccinators and we have 50,000 now eligible for training.,” said Hochul, D-New York.

The governor says this will help to get ahead of staffing problems.

The FDA and CDC are expected to announce more specifics regarding booster shots soon.

Hochul also announced on Wednesday that all workers at child-care centers in New York must now wear face coverings.

The governor says the requirement is effective “now” and applies to all staff and visitors at state-regulated child care centers. Hochul cited the rise in COVID-19 cases among children and the lack of a vaccine for children under 12.

A few school districts in New York have announced lawsuits against the school mask mandate: leaders of at least one Long Island school board said Hochul and state health commissioner Howard Zucker lack the legal authority to mandate masks.

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