Thousands of healthcare workers in New York were vaccinated with corona vaccine just before deadline

Thousands of healthcare workers in the American state of New York have had themselves vaccinated against the corona virus just before a vaccination deadline. Hospital staff who are still unvaccinated are now at risk of being suspended or fired.

New York state had given approximately 600,000 nursing home and hospital employees until midnight Monday to get vaccinated. That led to fears that massive staff shortages in health care would arise if many thousands of vaccine refusers subsequently lost their jobs. The grimiest scenarios do not seem to become reality, now that many people have had their last-minute vaccinations, the American newspaper The New York Times writes. A week ago, about 8,000 unvaccinated employees were still walking around in the public hospitals of the city of New York. According to the newspaper, there were still 5,000 on Monday, about ten percent of the total number of employees. Those employees are not allowed to return to work, but local government officials believe the staff shortages are manageable, according to the paper. The authorities had gambled that many doubters in care would still get vaccinated because they do not want to risk their jobs. That prediction seems to be partly coming true. However, some hospitals have already announced that certain medical procedures will be suspended. There is a lot of opposition to the vaccination requirement. Opponents have filed at least eight lawsuits. Critics believe, among other things, that the state should take into account people who do not want a vaccine for religious reasons. It is also argued that people who have recovered from a corona infection should not fall under the rules. Despite that resistance, vaccination rates among hospital staff across the state have risen to 92 percent, Governor Kathy Hochul’s office estimates. On Monday, she approved emergency measures to prevent chaos in healthcare if staff had to be put on hold en masse. Hochul can, among other things, call in the National Guard, a kind of reserve army, to help. Also, health care providers from other states who would not normally be authorized to work in New York may be called upon. (Belgium)

See also  Expert: All Comorbids Are Eligible To Be Vaccinated, As Long As...

New York state had given approximately 600,000 nursing home and hospital employees until midnight Monday to get vaccinated. That led to fears that massive staff shortages in health care would arise if many thousands of vaccine refusers subsequently lost their jobs. The grimiest scenarios do not seem to become reality, now that many people have had their last-minute vaccinations, the American newspaper The New York Times writes. A week ago, about 8,000 unvaccinated employees were still walking around in the public hospitals of the city of New York. According to the newspaper, there were still 5,000 on Monday, about ten percent of the total number of employees. Those employees are not allowed to return to work, but local government officials believe the staff shortages are manageable, according to the paper. The authorities had gambled that many doubters in care would still get vaccinated because they do not want to risk their jobs. That prediction seems to be partly coming true. However, some hospitals have already announced that certain medical procedures will be suspended. There is a lot of opposition to the vaccination requirement. Opponents have filed at least eight lawsuits. Critics believe, among other things, that the state should take into account people who do not want a vaccine for religious reasons. It is also argued that people who have recovered from a corona infection should not fall under the rules. Despite that resistance, vaccination rates among hospital staff across the state have risen to 92 percent, Governor Kathy Hochul’s office estimates. On Monday, she approved emergency measures to prevent chaos in healthcare if staff had to be put on hold en masse. Hochul can, among other things, call in the National Guard, a kind of reserve army, to help. Also, health care providers from other states who would not normally be authorized to work in New York may be called upon. (Belgium)

See also  Travelers from high-risk areas: agreement on corona tests for returning travelers

Leave a Comment