American Lung Association Lauds New York State for Expanding Vaccine or Mask Requirement

Today, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul announced that masks will be required to be worn in all indoor public places unless businesses or venues require proof of COVID-19 vaccination.  This follows the recent expansion of New York City’s vaccine mandate for indoor public spaces for everyone age 5 and over. 

In response, Michael Seilback, National Assistant Vice President for State Public Policy for the American Lung Association issued the following statement:

“We commend Governor Hochul and New York State for putting the health of New Yorkers first.  As the COVID-19 pandemic and emerging variants including Omicron and Delta continue to endanger New Yorkers and people around the world, vaccinations and indoor masking are critical tools we must use to protect our most vulnerable populations. The American Lung Association strongly supports efforts to get Americans vaccinated, as the science proves that these measures save lives.

“In addition to getting vaccinated and wearing masks, we continue to encourage everyone to follow the CDC recommendations to reduce the risk of getting COVID-19 by also maintaining social distancing, washing your hands often, and staying home if you feel unwell.

“Together, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 and end this global pandemic through widespread vaccination, masking and other proven preventive measures.”

More information about COVID-19 can be found at or the Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNGUSA. 

For more information, contact:

Jennifer Solomon
(516) 680-8927
[email protected]

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