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N.Y. to Mandate Booster Shot for Health-Care Workers, Hochul Says

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EMTs wearing protective equipment carry a patient into a hospital in the Queens borough of New York.

EMTs wearing protective equipment carry a patient into a hospital in the Queens borough of New York.

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New York will become the first state in the U.S. to require a Covid-19 booster shot for its health-care workers, Governor Kathy Hochul said on Friday. 

While the state will allow medical exceptions, there will be no test-out option. Health-care employees will be required to get a booster shot within two weeks of when they are eligible. The governor still needs approval from the state’s health planning council but expects “swift approval,” Hochul said during a Friday briefing.