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New York hospitals eliminate hordes of anti-vaccine workers who defied mandate

New York state hospitals suspended or sacked dozens of workers on Tuesday after refusing to comply with the state’s new mandate for healthcare workers to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, reports said on Tuesday. responsible.

St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx reported that 98 workers, mostly in its housekeeping and nursing divisions, had not provided evidence of being injected with COVID-19.

But that number had dropped from 140 employees earlier on Monday, an indication that workers now realize the order to get the vaccine – or to be fired – is real and that many are complying at the last minute to keep their jobs.

The nearly 100 employees are suspended without pay and have until next week to present proof or face dismissal, a spokesperson for Saint-Barnabé said.

Saint-Barnabé has approximately 3,000 employees.

“We can handle it,” said hospital representative Steve Clark.

At Richmond University Hospital on Staten Island, a significant ten percent of employees were still unvaccinated as of Tuesday, a spokesperson said.

There were nearly 100 workers at St. Barnabas Hospital who showed no evidence of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
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The Richmond Hospital has approximately 2,500 employees, so a ten percent refusal rate equates to 250 workers.

“We have 90% of our staff vaccinated. We also have no staffing issues and continue to provide a full range of health services to the community of Staten Island and surrounding areas, ”said Alex Lutz, spokesperson for the Richmond Hospital.

The guillotine continues to fall on Northwell Health, the state’s largest medical network that operates Lenox Hill, Long Island Jewish, LIJ-Forest Hills and the Staten Island Teaching Hospital in the city.

Northwell has 76,000 employees.

The hospital giant did not provide precise figures on Tuesday. But even a one percent non-compliance rate translates to 760 workers.

Northwell Health announced on Monday that it had already fired dozens of anti-vax managers.

“We have started a process to exit all unvaccinated team members using a carefully planned approach that both maintains continuity of care across all of our facilities and ensures the safety of all of our patients,” said a door. -speak in a press release.

“Northwell regrets losing an employee in such circumstances, but as medical professionals and members of the state’s largest healthcare provider, we understand our unique responsibility to protect the health of our patients and each other. others. We owe it to our staff, patients and the communities we serve to be 100% vaccinated against COVID-19. “

The Big Apple’s public hospital system, the Health and Hospitals Corporation, refused to provide a full tally of the number of employees discharged home on Monday due to their refusal to comply with Gov. Kathy Hochul’s order, which required that all hospital and nursing staff get their first shot of the coronavirus vaccination before September 27.

New York hospitals eliminate hordes of anti-vaccine workers who defied mandate
Governor Kathy Hochul had instructed hospital staff to get vaccinated against COVID-19 by September 27.
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System chief Dr Mitch Katz told reporters at Mayor Bill de Blasio’s daily press conference that the system had caused around 500 nurses to replace those who could no longer work.

“We anticipated that there would be a loss of personnel. We knew that no matter how hard we tried, some people weren’t going to get the shot and we planned appropriately, ”Katz said.

When asked for more details, a spokesperson simply said that more than 90 percent of its 43,000 employees had met the deadline.

Other Brooklyn hospitals that reported vaccination rates of less than 70% to the state health department last week – Interfaith, Brookdale and Wyckoff – did not immediately comment.

Hospitals in the upstate are also struggling with anti-vaccine workers.

Albany Medical Center reports that 204 employees are not vaccinated and are at risk of dismissal. The Capital Region Hospital employs 11,456 workers.

But with the sword of Damocles hanging over their heads, there was a wave of late 11-hour workers getting vaccinated against COVID, hospital officials said.

New York hospitals eliminate hordes of anti-vaccine workers who defied mandate
A spokesperson said 10% of workers at Richmond University Hospital remain unvaccinated.
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“I don’t have the number of people released, but I know our hospitals saw a significant increase yesterday in the number of healthcare workers getting vaccinated before the midnight deadline,” said Brian Conway, spokesperson. of the Greater New York Hospital Association.

Governor Kathy Hochul on Monday night signed an executive employee to address staff shortages at medical facilities. The state health department will oversee a 24/7 operations center, and National Guard medics, retirees, and foreign and foreign nurses could be deployed.

“The only way to overcome this pandemic is to make sure that all eligible people are vaccinated, and that includes those who care for vulnerable members of our family and loved ones,” Hochul said.

Preliminary self-reported data shows that 92% of the state’s hospital staff were vaccinated as of Monday evening, Hochul said.

The percentage of nursing home staff receiving at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine rose to 92% on Monday evening, from 70% on Aug. 15 – before the vaccination mandate was announced, according to data from the Ministry of Health. Health, said the governor.

New York hospitals eliminate hordes of anti-vaccine workers who defied mandate
NYC Health + Hospitals President and CEO Mitchell Katz said the city has recruited hundreds of nurses.
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Several lawsuits have been filed to scuttle the vaccine’s mandate.

A federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting employers from denying workers religious exemptions linked to the state’s mandate, in response to a religious freedom lawsuit filed by 17 healthcare workers – the majority of whom are Catholics – against Hochul, the DOH and Attorney General Letiita James.

Hochul, however, argued that the state’s constitution does not allow religious exemptions. Utica judge David Hurd has until Oct. 12 to make a final decision.