The New York-Presbyterian hospital system said Friday it will require employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 — the first instance of a Big Apple medical group announcing the mandate, The Post has learned.
“We care for sick people – some critically so – every day, and we are responsible for their safety while in our care. The stakes in this matter are high, and the evidence is clear that getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is the most important and responsible action we can take,” New York-Presbyterian said in a press release.
“In light of this evidence, New York-Presbyterian will be requiring all employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or to obtain a valid exemption.”
The hospital is requiring employees — including physicians, students, clinical rotators, volunteers, and vendors— to be fully vaccinated “no later than September 1, 2021,” according to the hospital, which said exemptions will be granted for medical and religious reasons along with pregnancy.
Other city hospitals are not making workers get the shots, including Northwell Health network which includes the Lennox Hill Hospital on the Upper East Side, and other branches in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.
By contrast, Northwell Health’s policy requires workers who refuse the shots to watch an educational video about the vaccine — but stops short of requiring vaccinations, according to a rep for the hospital chain.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which enforces workplace discrimination laws, said earlier this month that companies can make their employees get vaccinated against COVID-19. But few New York City businesses have said they’ll make workers get it.
The clothing retailer Saks said it will require workers to get fully vaccinated before returning to its headquarters in lower Manhattan when it reopens next fall, CBS news reported in May.
Meanwhile, SUNY and CUNY will also require students to get vaccinated before the next academic year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said last month.
Reps for other hospitals, including Mount Sinai, NYU Langone, and New York City Health and Hospitals, didn’t immediately return inquiries about where they stand on the policy.