New York Governor Kathy Hochul doubled down on discriminating against the unvaccinated, when she stated that rehiring unvaccinated healthcare workers was not the “right answer,” despite vaccine mandates being overturned and as the state deals with a shortage of healthcare workers.
“I don’t think the answer is to have someone who comes in, who’s sick, be exposed to someone who can give them COVID-19. I don’t know if that’s the right answer, but I’m pretty sure it’s not. So, we’re exploring our options.” the New York Governor said when asked about health care workers, reports Fox News “But I think everybody who goes into a health care facility or a nursing home should have the assurance and their family member should know that we have taken all steps to protect the public health. And that includes making sure those who come in contact with them at their time of most vulnerability, when they are sick or elderly, will not pass on the virus.”
NEW — NY Gov. Hochul Won’t Rehire Unvaxxed Healthcare Workers Despite Mandates Being Overturned
“I don’t think the answer is to have someone who comes in who is sick be exposed to someone who can give them COVID-19.
I cannot put people into harms way.”
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The reporter then asked if there were other precautions that would perhaps allow the unvaccinated to return to work in the hospitals.
“I cannot put people into harm’s way, because when you go into a health care facility, you expect that you’re not going to come out sicker than you went in. I think that’s something every New Yorker would expect.” Hochul responded.
A letter fro lawmakers released last week expressed concerns that Hochul was not being proactive enough and that she was exacerbating the problems by keeping mandates in place.
“Decades of healthcare experience are being left on the sidelines or pushed into other states as a result of the mandate.” the Republican lawmakers said. “This is even more noteworthy given that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control director has publicly stated that the vaccine cannot prevent transmission.”