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‘All options are on the table’: Broome County considers mandating vaccines for employees

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- Broome County Executive Jason Garnar said Thursday that nothing is off the table in terms of getting people vaccinated.

With the steady rise in cases in the county and the same announcement from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Garnar is considering with his team the best course of action to prevent another spike in cases.

He said that restrictions crippled the local economy when New York put them in place in 2020, and hopes that doesn't happen again through people getting vaccinated.

"We don't ever want to go back to that. We'll do whatever we need to do to make sure that doesn't happen. We haven't made any decisions yet, but we're working with our health officials to see what the best course of action is," Garnar said.

On Wednesday, Governor Cuomo announced all state employees would be required to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, pushing for local governments to do the same.

Garnar told 12 News that officials want to attack this issue before it's too late, with the main goal being to keep people healthy. The county plans on doing what they need to in order to avoid a 4th wave of the pandemic.

He says any rise in cases of the virus causes concern, and that many of the new cases in the country have been found in people who are not vaccinated.

Garnar says getting vaccinated is not only for the individual's health and safety but for other peoples'.

Anyone looking to get vaccinated can reach out to their county health department for more information.

Kienan Dixon

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