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February 18, 2022

Statement from HANYS President Bea Grause, RN, JD, on the Department of Health’s decision to give providers more time to meet booster requirement

HANYS applauds the Department of Health for allowing healthcare facilities more time to comply with the healthcare worker COVID-19 booster requirement.

The commissioner of health struck a perfect balance by keeping the focus on getting healthcare workers vaccinated and preserving access to critical health services during this unprecedented workforce shortage.

New York’s hospitals and nursing homes will keep up the drive to get healthcare workers vaccinated as we continue our fight against COVID-19. This relentless pandemic has stretched the healthcare workforce to its limits. The state’s actions today will help ensure healthcare providers can continue to provide safe, compassionate care to their communities across New York while working to achieve compliance with this revised booster requirement.

Many thanks again to the commissioner and her team for this important decision.


The Healthcare Association of New York State is New York’s statewide hospital and continuing care association, representing nonprofit and public hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies and other healthcare organizations. HANYS is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance the health of individuals and communities by providing leadership, representation and service to healthcare providers and systems across the entire continuum of care.