Nueva York puede usar la guardia nacional para reemplazar a los trabajadores de salud no vacunados

El gobernador de Nueva York, Kathy Hochul, está considerando utilizar la guardia nacional y trabajadores médicos de otros estados para cubrir la escasez de personal hospitalario, as tens of thousands of workers are unlikely to meet a Monday deadline for mandated COVID-19 vacunación.

The plan, outlined in una declaración, would allow the governor to declare a state of emergency and thereby increase the supply of healthcare workers to include licensed professionals from other states and countries as well as retired nurses.

Hochul said the state was also looking at using national guard officers with medical training to keep hospitals and other medical facilities adequately staffed.

Algunos 16% del estado 450,000 hospital staff, or roughly 70,000 trabajadores, have not been fully vaccinated, the governor’s office said.

The plan comes amid a broader battle between state and federal government leaders pushing for vaccine mandates to help counter the highly infectious Delta variant of the coronavirus and workers who are against inoculation requirements, some on religious grounds.

“We are still in a battle against Covid to protect our loved ones,” Hochul said.

“I commend all of the healthcare workers who have stepped up to get themselves vaccinated, and I urge all remaining healthcare workers who are unvaccinated to do so now so they can continue providing care.“

Healthcare workers who are fired for refusing to get vaccinated will not be eligible for unemployment insurance unless they are able to provide a valid doctor-approved request for medical accommodation, Hochul’s office said.

It was not immediately clear how pending legal cases concerning religious exemptions would apply to the state’s plan to move ahead and fire unvaccinated healthcare workers.

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