On Monday, some nursing homes and hospitals in New York state started suspending staff members for refusing to receive shots and failed to meet the state-mandated deadline to take shots as Governor Kathy Hochul requested holdouts to receive 11th-hour vaccinations. However, it was unclear Monday that a wave of terminations and suspensions of healthcare staff who were denied to take shots would cause dramatic workers shortages in the state.
Hochul said that at the end of the day (Monday), staff members had to take at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine, as per the mandates of the administration. At a news briefing, she said that please do the right thing to those who haven’t still decided to take a shot. Several employers are nervous about giving you the dose and saying you are part of the family; the administration needs your help to continue.
The state rules apply not only to individuals like nurses and doctors but are also equally applicable to others who work in healthcare institutions, such as administrators, cleaners, and service workers. Workers who refuse the doses will face termination and suspension. In addition, employees terminated amid vaccination refusal are not eligible for redundancy insurance without a doctor-permitted application for medical accommodation.
Hochul Signed an Executive Order to Execute her State’s Mandates
In the face of several lawsuits and requests to delay it, Hochul insisted on the mandate and said that the state needs to protect and save vulnerable patients. On the other side, some holdouts said vaccination should be a personal choice. The Erie County Medical Center Corporation announced that they put around five percent of its hospital staff on unpaid leave because of the state mandate orders, along with twenty percent of the workforce at its nursing home.
The New Governor said that she signed an executive order to let her call in medical trained members and retirees of the National Guard, or unvaccinated staff from outside the state, to cover any gaps. Northwell Health, the largest health care provider of New York, said it started terminating employees from their system. Around eighty-four percent of more than four lakh, fifty thousand hospital employees in New York received full vaccination doses as of last Wednesday.
Tonight I signed an executive order to take bold action to alleviate potential health care staffing shortages following our vaccine mandate that keeps all New Yorkers healthy and safe. pic.twitter.com/dIAGl0DH5z
— Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) September 28, 2021
In the same way, some individual hospital systems in the state reported higher vaccination rates. Northwell Health said approximately a hundred percent of its workers received both shots. Instead, health care staff can apply for a religious exemption of vaccination, at least for now. A federal judge on 12th October will consider a legal battle arguing that such exemptions are constitutionally required. on the other hand, U.S. President Joe Biden received a coronavirus booster dose to fight efficiently the pandemic.