New York prepares for staff shortages to enforce its COVID-19 vaccination deadline

New York prepares for staff shortages to enforce its COVID-19 vaccination deadline


New York Governor Kathy Hochul said a state emergency declaration and other options, including calling in National Guard health workers, are on the table to address a potential hospital staff shortage.

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New York Governor Kathy Hochul said a state emergency declaration and other options, including calling in National Guard health workers, are on the table to address a potential hospital staff shortage.

It does this as New York prepares to enforce its COVID-19 vaccination deadline.

In a statement, Hochul said: “I am closely monitoring the staffing situation and we have a plan to increase our health care staff and reduce the burden on our hospitals and other health facilities.”

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“I commend all health care workers who are vaccinated and I urge all remaining health care workers who are not vaccinated to do so now so that they can continue to provide their care.”

The prep plan also includes signing a State of Emergency Enforcement Order to increase staff to allow licensed health workers to work from other locations in New York.

The plan also includes the possible use of medically trained members of the National Guard and the ability to expedite visa applications for medical professionals.

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