New York City has issued its mandatory novel coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination requirements for employers, effective December 27, 2021. The requirements apply to all employees of dental practices, but do not apply to patients of dental practices.
The basic requirements are:
1) All employees of all employers are to be vaccinated for COVID-19 [vaccinated is defined as having at least one dose by December 27, with follow-up within 45 days to get a second dose];
2) There is no testing exception;
3) There are religious and medical exceptions; and
4) Employers must post a notice of compliance in the workplace.
The New York City official notice of the requirement can be found here: New York City COVID-19 Vaccination Workplace Requirement. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the requirement can be found here: New York City COVID-19 Workplace Vaccination FAQs. A flyer for employers on the requirement can be found here: New York City Employer Vaccination Workplace Requirement Flyer. The required compliance notice to be posted by employers can be found here: New York City COVID-19 Vaccination Workplace Compliance Notice. These materials explain the new employee vaccination requirement in detail and can also be found at on the NYC Health website.
These things apply only within the confines of New York City and not to other parts of New York State. They may well be subjected to legal challenge, but all dental practices in New York City should be prepared to implement them as of December 27, 2021, in case they are not stayed by any court.