Covid-19 Update: Time Off for Vaccinations, More Rapid Testing

Both private and public employees will be able to get time off to be vaccinated against Covid-19 under a bill signed Friday by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

 Under the law,  employees will be granted up to four hours of excused leave per injection that will not be charged against any other leave the employee has earned or accrued. This legislation becomes effective immediately.

“Our essential employees have been on the front lines of this pandemic since day one, and as we begin to work toward a new normal in a post-pandemic world, it is critical that these employees are able to get vaccinated as quickly as possible to protect themselves and their families,”  Cuomo said. 

The governor also announced an expansion of the New York Forward Rapid Test Program to help businesses and catered events safely reopen, with 26 sites opening within the next week for a total of 38 sites statewide. The program makes low-cost rapid testing available to the public to support enhanced economic activity as the state continues to reopen sectors of the economy, including weddings and catered events on March 15 and event, arts and entertainment venues on April 2. To find participants in this initiative and to make an appointment, visit the program website.  

Deaths by County of Residence

County

New Deaths

Albany

1

Bronx

13

Cattaraugus

1

Dutchess

2

Kings

17

Manhattan

8

Nassau

3

Orange

2

Queens

13

Richmond

2

Rockland

2

Saratoga

1

Schenectady

1

Suffolk

5

Westchester

3

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