- Governor Kathy Hochul said Saturday that New York workers fired for refusing vaccination would not be eligible for unemployment insurance.
- The announcement comes two days past the Monday deadline for New York City teachers and state health care workers to receive the vaccine.
- The teachers took the mandate in court, and a federal judge sided with the teachers and temporarily barred NYC from implementing the vaccine mandate.
- The matter was referred to a three-judge panel, and a final decision is expected this week
New York state workers who have been fired for refusing to vaccinate are not eligible for unemployment insurance, state government Kathy Hochul said on Saturday.
New York City teachers and state health care workers in hospitals and nursing homes must prove they have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by at least Monday.
The only exception to the vaccine mandate is a valid, doctor-approved request for medical accommodation.
The governor made the impact clear on Saturday when he announced a contingency plan to address potential staff shortages in hospitals and other health care facilities across the state.
Hochul specifically referred to hospital staff, but New York City is prepared for a similar situation, with about 13 percent of the nearly 78,000 teachers not vaccinated, an Education Department official said on Twitter.