The Associated Press reports New York State has delayed its requirement that state employees get vaccinated against the coronavirus or undergo weekly tests by more than a month to October 12, the same day telecommuting workers are now scheduled to return to their offices.

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State workers had been scheduled to return to offices this past Tuesday, September 7, and the vaccinate-or-test mandate was to go into effect for about 130,000 workers this week. But Governor Kathy Hochul’s office of employee relations quietly outlined the changes in a memo sent last Friday, September 3.

The memo also broadens mask mandates for vaccinated workers.

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