A broad-based mandate for all private-sector workers in New York to be vaccinated won't be imposed for now, Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday said.
Her comments come after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in the morning announced his administration will require all companies to have their workers vaccinated — a move that comes as the pandemic has entered yet another uncertain phase amid the emergence of a new variant.
Hochul, however, has wanted to give more power to local leaders during the pandemic on certain issues. She is yet to issue orders for a statewide mask mandate as COVID cases and hospitalizations have climbed. Erie County became the largest local government to issue a new indoor mask rule last month.
President Joe Biden previously issued a nationwide vaccination mandate for private sector workers, which is now being challenged in federal court. In New York, multiple sectors face vaccination requirements, including those who work in the health care field.
"I support the local government leaders to execute the policies to fight COVID as they believe will be most helpful to deal with this pandemic in their own jurisdictions," Hochul said.
The state is set to limit elective surgeries at dozens of hospitals that are facing limited staffed bed capacity. The omicron variant, meanwhile, is still be studied for its impact on vaccines and severity of illness.
"I believe that where necessary there should be a statewide approach, but when not necessary or we're waiting for more data, we should have a more surgical approach," Hochul said.