New York, NY-During her first day as New York’s Governor, Kathy Hochul directed the Department of Health to make masks mandatory for anyone entering New York’s public schools. The announcement follows Mayor Bill De Blasio’s order that New York City teachers and other Department of Education staff receive their first shot no later than September 27. Immigrant advocates, led by the New York Immigration Coalition, applauded Governor Hochul’s new order and pushed for mandatory vaccination of school personnel and students 12 years of age and older.
Murad Awawdeh, Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition:
"Thank you, Governor Hochul, for recognizing the importance of masking for protecting the health and safety of students and school personnel. But to truly protect the health of the entire school community, the Governor must include a universal vaccine mandate for all school staff and students 12 years and older who are eligible to receive the vaccine. It's the right thing to do to ensure that our schools stay open, our students and school staff remain healthy, and our communities can combat the Delta variant."