ALBANY (AP) – Thousands of healthcare workers in New York City facing either getting the COVID-19 vaccine or losing their jobs have received at least one dose as their worldwide mandate approaches State, according to state figures.
Hospital and nursing home workers had until Monday to get their first dose of vaccine under the new requirement, raising concerns among administrators that the reluctance could create dramatic staff shortages.
Gov. Kathy Hochul released figures Monday evening showing immunization rates are rising among the state’s 450,000 hospital workers and other healthcare workers. The figures were released as she signed an executive order giving her increased powers to address staff shortages.
As of Monday evening, 92% of nursing home staff had received at least one dose of the vaccine. And preliminary data showed that 92% of hospital staff were receiving at least one dose of the vaccine, the governor said.
State figures on Wednesday showed 84% of hospital workers were fully immunized.
The executive order allows out-of-state physicians, nurses and other health care professionals to practice in New York, facilitates retirees’ re-entry into the workforce, and allows physician visits to nursing homes by telemedicine.
Additionally, New York State Approved Providers without a current registration will be able to practice without penalty. And the order expands the roles of emergency medical technicians, for example by allowing basic paramedics to vaccinate and test for COVID-19.
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