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Hochul releases plan for possible health care staffing shortage as vaccination deadline looms

 21 days ago

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul is prepared to declare a state of emergency if a Monday deadline for New York state health care workers to receive their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine leads to staffing shortages.

Workers face termination for defying the mandate.

According to a release from Hochul's office, the governor could sign an executive order which would expand the pool of health care professionals who could practice in the state to include those licensed in other states or countries, recent graduates, retired and formerly practicing health care professionals.

Hochul said her office would work with federal and state leaders to expedite visa requests.

"I am monitoring the staffing situation closely, and we have a plan to increase our health care workforce and help alleviate the burdens on our hospitals and other health care facilities," Hochul said.

The most recent data shows that 84% of all hospital employees were fully vaccinated, as well as 81% of staff at all adult care facilities and 77% of all staff at nursing home facilities.

The Department of Labor recently turned up the heat on those who are unvaccinated by issuing guidance stating that anyone fired because they refused to get a shot would not be eligible for unemployment.

The release from Hochul also stated the governor has other options including deploying medically-trained National Guard members, and partnering with the federal government to deploy Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMATs) to assist local health and medical systems.

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Janet Rovak
21d ago

No one wants your nurses from other countries hospitals been done that and it’s always leads to poor nursing care, nurses from other countries should have to prove, they are up to standards just like Drs from foreign countries they have to repeat med school, even though they are licensed in there country,

No Sick Bidophiles
21d ago

🖕you HoFool your showing to be just as bad if not worse than the sexual predator Cuomunist!! Why not let preschoolers practice medicine now as well !!

Colleen Hayes
21d ago

Welcome to Socialist New York terrible these workers could work through the worst of Covid and now they get fired cause they will not get vaccinated it’s awful


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