HUDSON VALLEY, NY – As Governor Kathy Hochul announced that healthcare worker vaccination rates were rising rapidly across New York state before the vaccination mandate for healthcare workers in hospitals took effect and nursing homes, Patch commentators continued to discuss it.
âThis new information shows that firmly holding the immunization mandate for healthcare workers is simply the right thing to do to protect vulnerable family members and loved ones from COVID-19,â Hochul said. “I am happy to see healthcare workers getting vaccinated to keep New Yorkers safe, and I continue to monitor developments and stand ready to take action to alleviate potential situations of staff shortages in our areas. health systems. “
- The percentage of nursing home staff receiving at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine rose to 92% on Monday evening, from 71% on August 24, when Hochul was sworn in.
- The percentage of staff in adult care facilities receiving at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine rose to 89% on Monday evening, from 77% on August 24.
- The percentage of hospital staff receiving at least one dose was 92% on Monday evening based on preliminary self-reported data. The percentage of people fully vaccinated was 85% on Monday evening, up from 77% on August 24.
The data comes from a September 27 point-in-time survey of hospitals, nursing homes and adult care facilities by the New York Department of Health to determine the immunization status of workers in healthcare facilities.
“I can’t wait for New York’s health care system to collapse when it lays off 45,000 health workers!” Then I can watch all of the mandate colleagues cry on the sidewalk when hospitals turn them away or put them on a waiting list for treatment, âsays Will Norris.
But others supported the mandate.
âPatients come first,â said George Coniglio. “It’s one thing to put yourself in danger and your family in danger, but it is quite another to put patients at risk. We need staff who are ready to take on hospital missions.”