Yates joins FL counties asking for repeal of booster mandate for healthcare workers

Staff Reports
Yates County Legislature

PENN YAN — The Yates County Legislature joined the other county governments in the Finger Lakes region signing a letter written to Governor Kathy Hochul, asking her withdraw the vaccine booster mandate for New York State health care workers.

The letter reads as follows:

January 12, 2022

The Honorable Kathy Hochul

Governor of New York State

New York State Capitol Building

Albany, NY 12224

Dear Governor Hochul,

We write today to ask you, respectfully, to reconsider the newly announced vaccine booster mandate for healthcare workers. As with the original vaccine mandate for healthcare workers, each county leader represented here fully supports the value of vaccinations and has worked tirelessly to administer vaccinations to our citizens.

While we fully support the importance of vaccinations to help protect our communities against COVID-19, our hospital systems are facing severe staffing shortages coupled with increasing patient loads caused by the Omicron surge. We have significant concerns that if even a handful of healthcare workers are dismissed for their refusal to receive the booster within the designated time frame, it could exacerbate an already tenuous situation.

The below-signed counties would be in favor of offering a test-out option for fully vaccinated healthcare workers who do not receive the recommended booster shot within the prescribed time frame on a temporary basis until the Omicron wave subsides and the hospital capacity crisis abates.

We understand the policy goal to increase booster administration and protect critical frontline healthcare workers from infection by ensuring they have the maximum protection possible through vaccine and booster administration. Our concerns are the potential negative impacts to an already beleaguered healthcare workforce at a time when our communities can least afford it.

Thank you for your consideration of this important matter.

Respectfully,

The Counties of the Finger Lakes Region:

Orleans

Genesee

Wyoming

Steuben

Livingston

Schuyler

Yates

Seneca

Ontario

Wayne

Monroe County Legislature President Sabrina LaMar