The state of New York has had an interesting battle against COVID-19. The virus quickly ravaged New York City when it first came to America thanks to mass transit and a packed population. And Andrew Cuomo, who was lauded for the way he fought the virus, is now out of office thanks to a number of sexual harassment accusations.
Kathy Hochul became the first female governor of the state following Cuomo’s resignation in August of this year. And Hochul has not only been tough on the virus, she’s also been tough on those people who are helping to prolong the pandemic by not getting vaccinated.
Prior to his departure, Cuomo created a vaccine mandate for all healthcare workers in the state. Now Hochul is calling in the National Guard to replace those workers who have refused the shot.
At the moment, about 16% of New York healthcare workers are unvaccinated. The governor says she will focus on calling in guardspeople, “who are medically trained.”
Hochul continued, “My desire is to have the people who’ve been out there continue to work in their jobs, work in them safely. And to all the other health care workers who are vaccinated, they also deserve to know that the people they’re working with will not get them sick.”
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