A spokesman for Metro-North Railroad is now stating that UP Express and GO train crews may not be vaccinated.
“Normal precautions have been taken, including highly visible signs directing passengers to stay in their cars when boarding the trains. It is important that the normal safety procedures continue to remain in place, including that all passengers do not leave the trains to use the restrooms, and all passengers remain in their cars when entering and exiting the trains.”
As of Friday May 18, 21 flu-related deaths had been reported in New York City alone.
The New York City Health Department sent out a notice to non-health related businesses asking if they would vaccinate their staff. Many organizations like health care facilities have already vaccinated their staff.
As of Thursday, 5,000 additional doses of the vaccine were ordered.
At least one private company went a step further and released a statement that said “To ensure employees are protected from the flu, we are not vaccinating anyone who is not medically vaccinated.”
Executive Director of the New York Public Library, Linda Sarsour urged New Yorkers not to travel unless they are required to. “Travel is the most important part of our health,” she said. “In New York City, there are no legal requirements to have a health check, physical examination or vaccination, which means that if you’re not symptom free you will be choosing to have a false sense of safety and security.”
Due to a demand for vaccination, it is unclear if more doses of the vaccine will be sent to New York.
As of Thursday, May 17, more than 137 million people had received a flu vaccine in the United States.
This was the first year that the vaccine included the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine. (PDF)