About 16% of New York’s 450,000 hospital workers, or 72,000, are not fully vaccinated
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul could tap the National Guard to replace the thousands of health care workers who would miss the state’s deadline to fully vaccinate.
“I am closely monitoring the staffing situation, and we have plans to increase our health care workforce and help reduce the burden on our hospitals and other health care facilities,” Hochul said in a statement on Saturday. “
New York’s vaccine mandate for health care workers takes effect Monday.
NY prepares for staffing shortage with health care vaccine mandate
One option involves calling in National Guard officers, who have medical training, to fill gaps left by workers who miss Monday’s deadline.
About 16% of New York’s 450,000 hospital workers, or 72,000, have not fully vaccinated, leaving some concerned that action should be taken to avoid the shortfall.
Stephen Hansey, president of the New York State Health Facilities Association, said, “We’re immunizing about 84% statewide right now, so any initiative the governor can take to increase the workforce is welcome and necessary.”
At a Sunday church service in New York City, Hochul called on Christians in the state to help encourage people to get vaccinated.
“I want you to be my apostle,” Hochul said at the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn. I want you to go out and talk about it and say, ‘We’re indebted to each other.’ “Jesus taught us to love each other, and how you show that love, but to care for each other is enough to say, ‘Please get vaccinated because I love you and I want to I want you to live.”
Hochul’s state of emergency order would also allow health care workers, who are licensed in other states, to work in New York City. The state will also explore ways to expedite visa applications for medical personnel.
Health care workers who have been fired for not complying with the vaccine mandate will not be eligible for unemployment benefits, although there are some exceptions that can provide doctor-approved medical accommodations.