“While steps have been taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19, epidemiologists and public health experts have concluded that a vaccine will be necessary to develop herd immunity and ultimately stop the spread of the disease.”
“[T]he State must make efforts to promote vaccination and ensure that a high enough percentage of the population is vaccinated against COVID-19 to develop sufficient immunity,” it continues.
The bill states that if public health officials are not seeing New Yorkers develop “sufficient immunity from COVID-19,” then the Department of Health would have the authority to “mandate vaccination” to anyone who can “safely receive the vaccine”
Rosenthal suggested that the level for ‘sufficient’ immunity would be 70% of the population voluntarily getting vaccinated, and if that doesn’t happen, then the authorities should institute a mandate.
“Then the state Department of Health would have the ability to say that more people have to get it,” Rosenthal said, adding “And they would set the rules and they would set the structure.”
According to the report, the bill allows for some medical exemptions to the vaccine with the relevant documents from doctors, should a mandate take effect.