The New York State Department of Health said it will repeal the COVID-19 vaccine requirement for all workers at regulated health care facilities, which was imposed by the state.
In a statement posted to the agency’s website, the Department of Health announced it had begun the process of repealing the coronavirus vaccine requirement for health care workers because of the changing landscape of the pandemic and the evolving vaccine recommendations.
“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,” the statement read. “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.”
A nurse prepares a COVID-19 booster shot. (Hans Gutknecht/MediaNews Group/Los Angeles Daily News via Getty Images)
The department added that health care facilities should continue to impose their own policies internally, regarding COVID-19 vaccination.
A nurse prepares to administer a COVID vaccine. (REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun/File Photo)
In his ruling, Judge Gerard Neri said Gov. Kathy Hochul and the New York State Department of Health exceeded their authority by imposing such a mandate.
Neri explained that the mandate was “null, void, and of no effect” because the state could not require health care workers to get vaccinations that were not required by public health law, which includes hepatitis, measles and mumps.
Fox News’ Nikolas Lanum contributed to this report.