© 2024 WBGO
Discover Jazz...Anywhere, Anytime, on Any Device.
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

MTA and New York Port Authority Workers Will Have Vaccine Or Test Requirement

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Getty Images

More agencies in New York State will have a coronavirus vaccine or test requirement. Starting Labor Day all MTA and New York Port Authority employees must get the coronavirus vaccine or do weekly testing.

“New York over the past month, number of hospitalizations basically doubled. Number of cases over the past month basically a four-fold increase.”

Meanwhile, Governor Cuomo is urging school districts to put in a vaccine or test policy in CDC labeled high risk areas. The governor says mandatory vaccines may be coming for teachers, nursing home staff and all private and public hospital workers interacting with patients if the coronavirus situation gets worse.

Governor Cuomo is urging businesses across New York state to go to coronavirus vaccine only admission. Cuomo wants businesses to turn away those who are not vaccinated from their establishments.

“If I go to a restaurant and I am sitting at a table and the table right next to me, I want to know that they are vaccinated. I believe it’s in your business interest to run a vaccine only establishment.”

He thinks this will be a key incentive for more people to get the shot. Cuomo says businesses can use the state’s phone app called the Excelsior Pass to check on vaccinations. This comes as the delta variant is spreading rapidly.

Meanwhile, Mayor Bill de Blasio is not mandating indoor masks in New York City once again regardless of coronavirus vaccine status. The mayor and Governor Cuomo are strongly recommending indoor mask use in public indoor settings. The CDC last week urged places in the U.S. seeing high coronavirus infection rates to have the fully vaccinated once again wear masks indoors. That includes New York City.