A Democrat from New York would rather have high staff turnover across the public healthcare system than respect a worker’s right to not be vaccinated on Sept. 22.
Gov. Kathy Hochul will replace every primary healthcare employee who refuses to be immunized against COVID-19 across the Empire State.
“To all the healthcare providers, doctors and nurses in particular who are vaccinated, I say thank you because you are keeping true to your oath,” she said according to Fox News. “To those who will not, we will be replacing people [soon.]”
The governor claimed nearly all employees have already received the jab, and those who still have not belong to a minority.
“There are facilities, for example in New York City, that 98% of their staff are vaccinated [and] they do not have a worker shortage,” she said according to the broadcaster. “We are working closely with these hospitals to find out where we can get other individuals to come in and supplement nursing homes, and other facilities.”
Predecessor Andrew Cuomo (D) had ordered healthcare workers in hospitals and elderly homes to receive their first shot no later than Sept. 27. Anyone who fails to comply could be fired.
The hardline disease prevention approach resulted in several maternity ward nurse resignations. Lewis County General Hospital lost six maternity ward employees, forcing newborn deliveries to temporarily pause on Sept. 24. A further seven colleagues remain undecided about whether to take the jab.
“We are unable to safely staff the service after Sept. 24,” Lewis County Health System chief executive Gerald Cayer said according to WWNY-TV. “The number of resignations received leaves us [with] no choice but to pause delivering babies at Lewis County General Hospital.”
Erie County Medical Center, Western New York’s largest hospital, separately expects to lose 400 employees due to the vaccine mandate.
Nursing homes have experienced similar staff shortages. Strong Memorial Hospital’s head of patient and family care complained about challenges in finding long-term care options. This is because 15 nursing homes, to which the hospital refers patients, have stopped accepting new admissions.
“We always have a number of patients that are waiting for that nursing home bed offer for a variety of reasons that may be delayed but not to the degree that we are facing today,” Kelly Luther said according to Fox News. “It is creating a situation in which we have to be more expansive about our reach for those referrals across the western region.”