NEW YORK (WKBW) – New York Governor Kathy Hochul on Saturday announced that the state is requiring nursing homes and adult care facilities to make COVID-19 booster doses available of all residents.
The state sent a letter to operators and administrators of nursing homes and adult care facilities on Wednesday with information about the requirement. The letter, which can be found here, said in part:
The purpose of this letter is to inform you of the continued requirement to make booster doses of Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna and Janssen COVID-19 vaccines available to all residents of your facilities. On November 19, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) authorized a single booster dose six months or more after the first set of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer or Moderna, and two months or more after a single dose of the Janssen COVID. Vaccine -19, for all individuals.
In accordance with 10 NYCRR Â§Â§ 66-4.1, nursing homes must ensure that all residents, once eligible, have the opportunity to receive an appropriate booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine and in accordance with 10 NYCRR Â§Â§ 66-4.2, adult care facilities should make diligent efforts to ensure that all eligible residents register for an appointment to receive their booster dose. As required by regulation, nursing homes and adult care facilities must maintain appropriate documentation of residents who are eligible but refuse to receive a booster dose.
Governor Hochul announced an executive order on Friday to increase hospital capacity.
On Saturday, she made the following statement:
With the emergence of the Omicron variant overseas and warning signs of spikes in cases this winter, the need for basic COVID security procedures here in New York is more important than ever, âGov. Hochul said . âIf you’ve been waiting to get vaccinated, there’s no better time to take your first photo. If you are eligible to get your booster, get it ASAP. And as always, be sure to follow basic pandemic safety precautions like wearing a mask and washing your hands with soap and water.
– Governor Hochul