Governor Hochul Declares State Disaster Emergency in Response to Poliovirus in Rockland County
Following the identification of a case of paralytic polio in an unvaccinated individual in Rockland County, and further evidence of additional circulating poliovirus, Governor Kathy Hochul has issued an Executive Order declaring a State Disaster Emergency on September 9, 2022.
· The Executive Order immediately expands the network of polio vaccine administrators with the addition of EMS workers, midwives, and pharmacists and authorizes physicians and certified nurse practitioners to issue non-patient specific standing orders for polio vaccines.
· The Executive Order also requires healthcare providers to send polio immunization data to the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) through the New York State Immunization Information System (NYSIIS) within 72 hours of administration.
The current expiration date of the Executive Order is October 9, 2022.
For additional polio prevention and immunization information please reference the New York State Department of Health recommendations found here.