Thousands of hospital workers could be fired as New York COVID vaccine mandate goes into effect

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New York’s state mandate ordering well being care workers to get the COVID vaccine went into effect Monday at midnight.

Some hospital networks together with Northwell Health have already fired greater than two dozen well being care workers. Others may have 30 days to get a COVID vaccine or lose their jobs.

Officials say 16% of the state’s hospital workers, or some 83,000 individuals, should not absolutely vaccinated. About 8% have not gotten a single dose, placing them in danger of termination.

Steven Corwin, the president and CEO at New York-Presbyterian Hospitals, one of the most important methods within the nation, stated he believes a mandate is required to get everybody absolutely vaccinated.

Before its personal vaccination deadline final week, 30% of workers had been unvaccinated. But after the deadline, lower than 1% refused the shot and resigned.

“So out of 48,000 employees and affiliated physicians, we have less than 220 that have not chosen to get the vaccine,” Corwin informed CBS News’ Errol Barnett.

At Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, about 5% of the workers, roughly 400 individuals, are unvaccinated and on go away.

“We stopped elective inpatient surgeries. We stopped some of our outpatient patient visits. We stopped ICU medical transfers from other referral rural hospitals. … We’ve asked for more time to work on strategies with the state to ensure that as many people as possible get vaccinated,” stated Tom Quatroche,  the president and CEO of Erie County Medical Center.

At a press convention Monday, New York Governor Kathy Hochul introduced plans to ship National Guard troops to short-staffed hospitals like ECMC.

But some well being care workers are suing the state over the mandate, together with nurse Deborah Conrad.

“I’m wearing the same exact PPE I’ve worn the whole pandemic and it’s always kept myself and patients safe. Why has that changed?” she stated.

The Western New York nurse stated she nonetheless feels uncomfortable taking the shot regardless of medical information that has been launched that the vaccines provide sturdy safety towards extreme sickness.

“Are you prepared to lose your job?” Barnett requested.

“A career that I’ve loved for almost 20 years, I am prepared,” Conrad replied.

In New York City, the vaccination mandate for lecturers is anticipated to take effect later this week. The lecturers’ union says 97% of its members are vaccinated and town says roughly 7,000 training workers had been vaccinated over the weekend.

Editor’s word: This article and the headline have been up to date to mirror the most recent vaccination numbers from New York state. About 16% of New York well being care workers should not absolutely vaccinated; 8% have not had a primary dose as required by the state mandate.

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