Northwell Health, which employs more than 76,000 people as New York state’s largest health care provider, has furloughed 1,400 of its employees because they refused vaccination against the coronavirus, the company announced Monday. Of.
Then-Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) announced in August that all health care workers in New York, including workers in hospitals and long-term care facilities, are required to receive at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. September 27.
one in Statement, Northwell said it took “a rapid, aggressive approach to successfully move toward full vaccination compliance” and retaining more than 97% of its workforce, with each employee vaccinated, providing the provider with “all of our hospitals.” in exceptional care”. uninterrupted and enables all of our facilities to remain open and fully operational.”
a Northwell spokesperson said While it regrets losing staff because of the mandate, a fully vaccinated workforce is “an important measure in our duty to protect the health and safety of our employees, our patients and the communities we serve.”
Northwell’s vaccine policy requires both clinical and non-clinical staff to be immunized, which is a step beyond the state’s mandate.
Last week, the hospital network fired nearly two dozen “unvaccinated leaders” for being denied jobs.
New York health workers who have been removed from service because of reluctance to vaccinate are not eligible for unemployment insurance without a doctor-approved request for medical accommodation. Workers in a health facility or nursing home who “voluntarily quit their jobs or are terminated for refusing employer-mandated vaccinations” are ineligible to collect unemployment insurance because their employers have no access to the vaccine mandate. for “compelling interest”, According to New York Department of Labor.
Officials in New York, like many other states that have issued similar mandates, were concerned about potential staffing shortages in hospitals and long-term care facilities, considering Election taken earlier in the indicated year over 30 Americans said they would refuse vaccination. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said Last month she will sign an executive order allowing her to deploy medically trained National Guard soldiers and retired health workers to hospitals if such measures are needed. “I’ve made it loud and clear that I’m not going to change my position,” hochul said. “I’m charged with protecting the health of all New Yorkers.” However, vaccine hesitation in the US began to dwindle after a surge in the dangerous delta variant and the FDA’s approval of the shot for Covid-19. Additionally, nationwide data shows that employer-issued mandates have proven effective in rapidly increasing vaccination rates among workers. Vaccination rates for New York-based hospital and nursing home workers 10% spiked In the week before the September 27 deadline, rising to 92%, state officials said, including over 95% of doctors and nurses of the system.
“As health care professionals and members of the largest health care provider in the state, we understand our unique responsibility to protect the health of our patients and each other,” Northwell said in a statement. Statement.
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