New York is seeing a big increase in health worker COVID-19 vaccinations, an indication that the state’s mandate has helped boost the industry’s vaccination rate.

Last week, New York’s health worker vaccine mandate went into full effect.

Eighty-seven percent of hospital staffers were fully vaccinated as of Wednesday, according to state data, and 92 percent were partially vaccinated.

Though state officials anticipated a staffing shortage as a result of the vaccine mandate, no facilities have closed since the mandate went into effect.


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The state also mandated vaccinations for Department of Education staff. “Mandates work,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) said on Friday. “Had we not done the mandate a lot of people would have held back and our schools would have been less safe. There’s so much noise when you put a mandate forward… The bottom line is when the dust settled a huge number of people went out and got vaccinated.”

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