NEW YORK — The state's department of health is in the process of repealing the COVID-19 vaccine requirement for health care workers.
The repeal of the regulation is being considered by the public health and health planning council.
The health department will not start any new regulations or enforcement until the council makes a decision.
The New York State Department of Health issued the following statement on Wednesday:
"Due to the changing landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic and evolving vaccine recommendations, the New York State Department of Health has begun the process of repealing the COVID-19 vaccine requirement for workers at regulated health care facilities. Throughout the public health emergency, this vaccine requirement served as a critical public health tool, helping to protect both health care workers and the patients under their care. As the repeal of this regulation awaits consideration for approval by the Public Health and Health Planning Council (PHHPC), the Department will not commence any new enforcement actions. However, it should be noted that facilities should continue to implement their own internal policies regarding COVID-19 vaccination."