Thousands of health care workers in New York City received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine prior to the introduction of compulsory vaccination across the state. Employees of hospitals and nursing homes in New York had until Monday to receive the first dose of the vaccine or would face layoffs. Under the new rule, employees of hospitals and nursing homes had until Monday to receive their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he was pleased to be participating in this vaccination campaign so far. “We are very happy to be seeing great results, especially in our public health system, which has been heroic throughout the fight against Covid-19. “And so far, we are quite good with our voluntary and private hospitals,” he said.
De Blasio called on other healthcare workers to be vaccinated. “People are responding to deadlines. At the last minute, they are being vaccinated. Of course we will welcome anyone who decides to get vaccinated. “Things are changing every hour,” he said. Nearly 100% of nurses and doctors have been completely vaccinated, said the president of the New York Health and Hospitals company, Dr. Mitchell Katz. His company operates public hospitals and clinics in New York City. “Over 95% of the nurses in our hospitals and clinics have been vaccinated. Nearly 98.99% of my doctors have agreed to get the vaccine. “All our facilities are open and fully functional,” he said.
A therapist from New York who does not want to be vaccinated has received a temporary religious justification. She says she is confident a judge will rule in her favor when considering the case in October. “My request to be exempted from the obligation to be vaccinated is mainly based on religious justification, the fact that, as I said, I worked with patients with Covid-19 for a year and a half and did not become infected. “I believe that God protected me all the time I worked in the hospital”, says therapist Anna Petti.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul said she is ready to take further action to increase the number of health workers if needed. “I will sign an executive order to give me the emergency forces needed to address shortages in certain sectors. “This would give me the opportunity to deploy the National Guard medical staff, to hire retired medical staff, and to bring in people from other areas,” said the New York governor. The new vaccination campaign follows a federal court ruling this week that New York City could make vaccination mandatory for all public school staff./VOA
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