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NY delays state worker office return & vaccine mandate

A nurse prepares a shot of the vaccine against COVID-19.
A nurse prepares a shot of the vaccine against COVID-19.(Source: WWNY)
Published: Sep. 9, 2021 at 7:49 AM EDT
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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York has delayed its requirement that state employees get vaccinated against the coronavirus or undergo weekly tests by more than a month to Oct. 12, the same day telecommuting workers are now scheduled to return to their offices.

State workers had been scheduled to return to offices this past Tuesday, and the vaccinate-or-test mandate was to go into effect for about 130,000 workers this week.

But Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office of employee relations quietly outlined the changes in a memo sent Friday.

The memo also broadens mask mandates for vaccinated workers.

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