Source: Nicole S. Murphy

IN BRIEF

  • The Facts:
    • New York state has mandated healthcare workers be vaccinated.
    • There are about 70,000 healthcare workers that are not vaccinated, 16% of the total amount of healthcare workers.
    • Governor Kathy Hochil signed an executive order declaring a statewide disaster emergency due to healthcare staffing shortages in the state of New York.
  • Reflect On:
    • Do vaccine mandates that cause a greater shortage in the medical system really improve the safety of those in need of health services?
    • If one of the most vaccinated countries, Israel, also has a high infection rate, how does this support mandating vaccines to end the pandemic?

New York Governor Kathy Hochil signed an executive order declaring a statewide disaster emergency due to healthcare staffing shortages in the state. This comes after mandating that all healthcare workers have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by September 27, 2021. 

The estimated number of workers that have not been vaccinated is around 70,000, about 16% of the 450,000 total number of healthcare workers. 

With this enacted, Hochil will be able to deploy members of the national guard, retired healthcare workers or those with a lapsed licence and bring in people from other locations in order to support the facilities that lose staff due to the mandates.

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