Governor Kathy Hochul says healthcare workers who are not vaccinated for COVID-19 when the new state mandate takes effect on Monday, September 27th, will be replaced.
According to figures from the state Department of Health, 84% of medical staff statewide are fully immunized. It’s unclear how many of the unvaccinated will actually be fired when the mandate begins.
Those medical workers who choose to remain unvaccinated, may not be employed for much longer. Speaking in Rochester this week, Governor Hochul made it clear the state is holding firm on the requirement to get vaccinated. “To those who won’t, we will be replacing people,” Hochul said without hesitation. She also thanked the thousands of medical staff who have gotten immunized, saying “you are keeping true to your oath.”
BREAKING: New York Governor Kathy Hochul tells unvaccinated doctors and nurses she "will be replacing" them because of their refusal to act like adults. RT IF YOU SUPPORT HOCHUL PUTTING HER FOOT DOWN!
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New York hospitals have already struggled with the vaccine mandate in recent weeks, with nurses in a maternity ward at an upstate hospital resigning over the state’s vaccine mandate earlier this month, forcing the hospital to temporarily halt all baby deliveries after September 24th. Nursing homes have also struggled with staffing shortages, as it’s difficult finding long-term care options when so many facilities have paused new admissions.
BOOM: NY Governor declares healthcare workers who don’t get vaccinated by September 27 will BE FIRED.
Raise your hand if you think this should happen in all 50 US states ✋
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Gov. Hochul said the state is exploring several options to assist facilities that experience staffing issues as a result of the vaccine mandate, including transporting volunteers from elsewhere in New York and bringing in foreign workers.
-83.0% of adult New Yorkers have at least one vaccine dose (CDC)
-70.3% of all New Yorkers have at least one vaccine dose (CDC)
-50,924 doses administered over last 24 hrs
-24,846,507 total doses administered pic.twitter.com/thDS4Ab1VJ
— Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) September 23, 2021
The rules do allow for limited exemptions due to medical reasons. A federal court forced the state to temporarily allow religious objections until at least October 12th.