New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced that a small percentage of health workers have been fired or resigned after refusing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine before the state mandate.
At a news conference on Wednesday, Hochul revealed that between 94 and 97 percent of staff in hospitals, nursing homes, adult care facilities and home care facilities have received at least one dose since she took office in late August.
However, not all workers were inclined to get vaccinated, leading to some being fired or running away.
“We have numbers that show we have a three percent overall workforce reduction in these categories,” Hochul said at the briefing.
‘It concerns people who have been fired, resigned, people who just decided to retire at the time, but also people who are on leave and are waiting for the outcome of the lawsuit.’
That means about 25,000 people are no longer health workers in New York state.
The lawsuit that Hochul spoke about refers to a federal judge who ruled Tuesday that New York must grant health care workers religious exemptions from the vaccine mandate, which the state is appealing.
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New York Governor Kathy Hochul said at a news conference on Wednesday (above) that 3% of health workers in the state — about 25,000 people — have been fired, resigned, retired or are on leave for not being vaccinated against COVID. -19
In hospitals, 96% of workers have received at least one dose of the vaccine and in nursing homes, 97% have received at least one injection
New York’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health professionals was split into two parts.
The first required that the 450,000 hospital workers and 145,400 nursing home workers receive at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by Monday, Sept. 27.
The mandate was announced in August by then-Governor Andrew Cuomo and was confirmed by Hochul when she succeeded him.
It was one of the first – and one of the largest – such mandates announced in the US
Data, which Hochul shared during the press briefing, showed that the mandate had been successful.
By August 24, when Hochul took office, 77 percent of hospital staff had been fully vaccinated.
By the time the mandate came into effect, 87 percent had been fully vaccinated. As of Wednesday, 96 percent have had at least one dose.
Similarly, by August 24, 71 percent of nursing home staff had received at least one dose. By September 27, that figure had increased to 92 percent.
Currently, 97 percent of workers have received a starting dose of the vaccine.
“If someone is sick and goes to an urgent care center, they go to a hospital, they need help because they are in a vulnerable physical condition,” Hochul said at the briefing.
‘They need to know that the person caring for them will not pass on this deadly virus to them or their relatives – and that was the whole purpose behind this mandate.
‘It’s not something we wanted; it’s something this pandemic has forced us to do.”
Data also showed that 96% of adult care workers and 94% of home care workers received a first dose of the vaccine
It comes a day after a judge ruled that employers must grant religious exemptions to health professionals who apply for it. Pictured: Sandra Lindsay (left) a nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, has been vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine by D. Michelle Chester in Queens, New York, December 2020
The second part of the mandate looked at home care workers in nursing homes, hospice care, treatment centers, AIDS home care programs, and more.
These groups, made up of about 250,000 people, had until Oct. 7 to prove that they had received at least one dose of the vaccine or were at risk of quitting.
Hochul shared more data showing that Covid vaccine uptake also occurred in these groups.
Of adult care workers, 77 percent had received at least one dose by Aug. 24, increasing to 95 percent by the day the mandate went into effect.
At home care facilities, 83 percent had received at least one dose by October 6 and 86 percent by October 7.
As of Wednesday, 96 percent of adult care workers and 94 percent of home care workers have been given a first chance.
In addition, Hochul said 0.5 percent of health professionals have currently made arrangements to get vaccinated so they don’t lose their jobs.
“The numbers speak for themselves. I think the mandates have brought people to the right decisions,” she said.
Hochul recently faced a setback in her bid to uphold the vaccine mandate when a federal judge said on Tuesday that employers must grant religious exemptions to New York health workers who apply for them.
U.S. District Judge David Hurd’s ruling came after 17 Catholic and Baptist workers were charged last month.
They said they objected to the use of fetal cell lines in vaccine development.
Fetal cell lines, which are lab-grown cells based on aborted fetal cells collected in the 1970s and 1980s, were used for the research and development of the shots, but no aborted tissue is an ingredient in the vaccines.
Upon hearing the news of the ruling, Hochul vowed to fight the decision.
“My responsibility as governor is to protect the people of this state, and requiring health professionals to get vaccinated will be accomplished. I stand by this mandate and will challenge this decision in court to keep New Yorkers safe,” she wrote in a statement.