Home Health care provider Health unions push to end immunization mandates

Health unions push to end immunization mandates

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Northwell Health’s Dr. Michelle Chester prepares to administer a Pfizer coronavirus vaccine at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, NY, December 14, 2020. (Brendan Mcdermid / Reuters)

Good news, America. Do you know who else is opposed to a workplace vaccination mandate? Healthcare professionals and paramedics, New Jersey’s largest union of healthcare workers. People most likely to come into contact with people infected with the Delta variant do not want to have to be vaccinated in order to continue working.

“Making vaccination mandatory is not and never will be the answer,” said George Gresham, president of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the largest health union in the United States, which has rallied to the imposed mandate. by the New York Presbyterian Hospital. At New York.

Wait, it’s better! Workplace vaccination mandates are also opposed by SEIU 1199, which “represents the largest percentage of long-term care workers in the state. Members of our nursing homes include certified nursing assistants, LPNs, recreation aides, maintenance workers and housekeepers. We also represent hundreds of home helpers who also provide direct care to the elderly and disabled statewide.

The good news is that the United States vaccinated a large majority of nursing home residents in the first few months of the vaccination effort. The bad news is that nursing home residents are elderly and often have weaker immune systems, which simply make them more vulnerable to any type of infection – and there are concerns about how long this vaccination will take. will remain effective. And the level of vaccine reluctance among nursing home staff is staggering: “Only 59% of nursing home staff are partially or fully immunized nationally, and the percentages are much lower in some states. . “

Across the country, we are seeing employers implementing mandatory vaccination requirements for their employees… with the exception of teachers and school employees, healthcare workers and nursing home workers. Hey, why would we need to get these guys vaccinated, right?