ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) – New York Republican President Nick Langworthy held a press conference at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester on Wednesday afternoon, where he criticized the state’s vaccination mandate for workers in health.
The vaccine’s mandate went into effect Monday, despite a legal battle over religious exemptions still pending in court.
“We are in a health care crisis and it was created directly by Kathy Hochul,” Langworthy said. “This is a fabricated crisis that was completely preventable. Hochul’s vaccine mandate is impractical, foolish, and crippling our state’s health care system. “
Langworthy called on the governor to quash the warrant and allow employees to regularly test for COVID-19 instead.
According to the GOP chairman, the mandate is “impractical and misguided”. He says this is creating a “crisis” of health worker shortages statewide, but on Wednesday the governor said no health care facility has been forced to close in all of New York City since coming into effect. force of the mandate.
In New York, 87% of hospital staff were fully vaccinated as of Wednesday, September 29, according to the latest data.
“Our greatest responsibility is to protect our most vulnerable, and ensuring that the health workers who care for our loved ones are immunized to keep New Yorkers safe,” Governor Hochul said. “I am grateful to the institutions, unions and healthcare workers who have taken important steps to prepare and protect New Yorkers, and we are working with institutions to ensure they remain operational.
Number of New York health workers in accordance with mandate:
- The percentage of nursing home staff receiving at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine is 92%.
- The percentage of staff in adult care facilities receiving at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine is 89%.
- The percentage of hospital staff receiving at least one dose is 92%.
Additionally, this week Governor Hochul declared a state of emergency to deal with potential health worker shortages. The order makes it easier for retired workers to obtain employment certification and allows international medical experts to practice in New York City hospitals.
Combining 2% of their employees exempt from tenure for religious and medical reasons, the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) said 97.5% of its clinical staff are eligible to remain employed, while Rochester Regional Health (RRH) has 99% workers. with at least one dose of vaccine.
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