The MTA currently has 138 on-site locations for employees to get tested. - Photo: Unsplash

The MTA currently has 138 on-site locations for employees to get tested.

Photo: Unsplash

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced it is entering a new phase of the vaccination or testing program.

Unvaccinated employees will now be required to test weekly for COVID-19. The MTA currently has 138 on-site locations for employees to get tested. 

The MTA also announced that new hires beginning on or after Nov. 14 must be fully vaccinated. 

"Driving up the vaccination rate is one of the ways the MTA can protect employees and continue to provide safe and reliable transportation,” said Janno Lieber, acting MTA chair and CEO. “The science is clear. Vaccines are the best way to protect yourself, colleagues, relatives and neighbors from COVID-19.”

Vaccinations are available to employees at MTA facilities as well as pharmacies, local health departments, clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and other locations. 

“We have a responsibility not only to our employees, but to the communities we serve,” said Paul Fama, MTA chief people office. “In order to protect employees and continue to provide safe and reliable transportation, it is crucial that the MTA continues to drive up the vaccination rate.” 

The vaccination requirement for whose first day of work is on Nov.14, or later, does not include current MTA employees. 

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