Monday is the deadline for New York’s mandated COVID-19 vaccination; after which things could look much different at hospitals. New York Governor Kathy Hochul has a plan to replace medical workers who refused to be vaccinated with the National Guard.
Tens of thousands of medical staff may be losing their jobs this week as a result of the mandatory vaccine deadline, leaving a huge void for hospitals.
“The plan, outlined in a statement from Hochul on Saturday, would allow her to declare a state of emergency to increase the supply of healthcare workers to include licensed professional from other states and countries as well as retired nurses” reports Reuters.
The Governor’s office says nearly 16% of New York’s 450,000 hospital staff, or about 72,000 individuals have not been fully vaccinated. Therefore Hochul’s idea for using “National Guard officers with medical training to help keep hospitals and other medical facilities adequately staffed” may be the only option.
Hochul attempted to use divine intervention in getting New York’s citizens vaccinated. On Sunday, Hochul attended a large church in New York City asking Christians to help promote the COVID-19 vaccine. “I need you to be my apostles. I need you to go out and talk about it and say, we owe this to each other.”
“Jesus taught us to love one another and how do you show that love but to care about each other enough to say, please get the vaccine because I love you and I want you to live” she told the congregants of the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, according to an official transcript.
Healthcare workers who get fired for not obeying the vaccine mandate will not be eligible for unemployment insurance, unless they can provide a doctor-approved request for the medical accommodation, said Hochul’s office.