STATE OF NEW YORK
December 4, 2020
Introduced by COMMITTEE ON RULES -- (at request of M. of A. L. Rosen-
thal) -- read once and referred to the Committee on Health
AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to administering a
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. Article 21 of the public health law is amended by adding a
2 new title 8 to read as follows:
3 TITLE 8
5 Section 2178. COVID-19 vaccination.
6 § 2178. COVID-19 vaccination. 1. At the time a vaccination for COVID-
7 19 is approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration's
8 Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research vaccine product approval
9 process and the New York state clinical advisory task force, such vacci-
10 nation shall be required to be safely and effectively distributed in
11 accordance with the department's COVID-19 vaccination administration
13 2. Once the United States Food and Drug Administration's Center for
14 Biologics Evaluation and Research and the New York state clinical advi-
15 sory task force have approved the safety and effectiveness of a COVID-19
16 vaccination and promotion and distribution plans of such vaccine have
17 begun pursuant to the department's COVID-19 vaccination administration
18 program, if public health officials determine that residents of the
19 state are not developing sufficient immunity from COVID-19, the depart-
20 ment shall mandate vaccination for all individuals or groups of individ-
21 uals who, as shown by clinical data, are proven to be safe to receive
22 such vaccine.
23 3. Any individual who has received a medical exemption from a licensed
24 medical professional shall not be mandated to receive the COVID-19
25 vaccine and shall be excluded from the requirements of this section.
26 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.