The state of New York is implementing a first-of-its-kind mandate for the use of surgical masks in all unvaccinated health care personnel, both staff and volunteer.

Under the new regulations, health care facilities are obligated to report the numbers of personnel who have been vaccinated and must supervise unvaccinated staff to ensure the appropriate use of masks. Personnel who fail to comply will be subject to the same institutional disciplinary procedures imposed on workers who do not follow other infection control procedures. 

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