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Health Care Workers In NY State To Be Vaccinated By Monday

As Gov. Kathy Hochul urged holdouts to receive 11th-hour immunizations, and several hospitals and nursing homes in Nyc began dismissing staff Monday for failing to fulfill a government deadline to acquire a COVID-19 vaccination.

On Monday, it remained unclear if a wave of detention and terminations of healthcare professionals who refused to get vaccinated would result in statewide personnel shortages. The staff has until the end of Monday to obtain at least one dosage of the COVID-19 vaccination, according to Hochul. 

Health Care Workers In NY State To Be Vaccinated By Monday

Hochul stated at a news conference, “To someone who has not yet made that choice, kindly do the proper thing.” “A lot of your bosses want to give you a pat on the back and say, ‘You’re part of the family, and we need your support to keep going.’

The regulations apply not just to physicians and nurses, but also to other healthcare professionals such as food service employees, administrators, and cleaners. Employees who refuse to take the risk of the injection being suspended or fired. Workers who are fired for refusing to be vaccinated are not eligible for unemployment benefits unless a doctor approves a medical accommodation request.

Health Care Workers In NY State To Be Vaccinated By Monday

Despite appeals to postpone the mandate and several challenges, Hochul has stuck to his guns, claiming that the state must safeguard vulnerable patients. Some skeptics argue that vaccination should be a personal decision.

“I came to the point where if I got it, I’d be disgusted with myself for being coerced into doing it.” Jessica Bond, a physical therapy assistant at the Brothers of Mercy nursing facility in Clarence, stated, “Just ethically, I feel like that would put me in a horrible position of self-loathing.”Friday was her final day.

Bond, who was worried about the shot’s side effects, said she worked weekend shifts during the pandemic to help fill gaps left by coworkers who had quit. So it’s kind of a massive insult now to be going through all of this, because it’s like, ‘Well, I was good enough then,’” said Bond, who was involved in a failed legal challenge to the mandate.

Due to the law, the Erie County Medical Center Corporation in Buffalo has put roughly 5% of its hospital employees on unpaid leave, as well as 20% of its nursing care workers. 

Northwell Health, the state’s largest healthcare provider, said roughly two dozen unvaccinated employees who were deemed leaders were “exiting from the system,” and that the procedure will be repeated for the remainder of the unvaccinated personnel. A spokesman declined to go further.

Mitchell Katz, the president of New York City’s public hospital system, stated, “If folks aren’t vaccinated, they’re not going to get paid for today.” “However, we’re keeping lines of contact open in the hopes that if not today, then tomorrow, individuals will go get vaccinated and return to their posts.”

For the time being, healthcare professionals can ask for a religious exemption. On Oct. 12, a federal court will hear a legal challenge alleging that such exemptions are needed by the Constitution.

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