(WBNG) -- The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) has released a statement regarding vaccinations and K-12 school staff ahead of the 2021 to 22 school year Monday morning.
In a letter sent to media, NYSUT said:
“We have advocated since the beginning of the year that any educator who wants a vaccine should have easy access to one. We would support local efforts to encourage more vaccinations, such as through programs that require that those who are not vaccinated get tested on a regular basis. But it’s critical that districts come up with plans to make testing available on-site and at no cost. What we have not supported is a vaccine mandate.”
Earlier Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a mandated vaccine may be applied for teachers if COVID-19 rates continue to climb. He said that in a news conference addressing the rising rates of the virus in the state.
In late July, Cuomo mandated that all public-facing state-run hospital workers receive the COVID vaccine before Labor Day. Other state employees have the option of receiving a COVID vaccine or be subject to weekly testing for the virus.