Gov. Hochul Stands Firm: All New York Healthcare Workers Must be Vaccinated by Sept. 27
Gov. Kathy Hochul will not allow the option of regular testing instead of mandatory inoculation of all New York healthcare workers, who, if they are not vaccinated by Sept. 27,
In August, 25% of the state’s healthcare workers had still not received their shots, and more recently, a group of upstate healthcare workers threatened to quit over the vaccine mandate, however, Gov. Hochul will not be deterred.
“We've been alerted that there's a hospital in Lewis County that may not be able to deliver babies,” said Gov. Hochul. “I checked. Every baby that is supposed to be delivered in Lewis County has been properly delivered. I'm not going to let this be a problem for the state of New York.
“I will ensure that we have the resources. And people are required to have temporary staffing plans, anyhow. Hospitals are required to have a game plan.”
Other New Yorkers who are looking to avoid the vaccine mandate are 17 health professionals, who are all Christian, successfully sued the state: arguing that their constitutional rights were violated when no religious exemption was provided in New York’s vaccination mandate.
On Tuesday, an upstate federal judge responded by temporarily blocking New York from implementing the vaccine mandate for those seeking religious exemptions, however, Gov. Hochul dismissed the idea that any religion discourages its adherents from getting vaccinated against COVID-19.
“I'm not aware of a sanctioned religious exemption from any organized religion,” Hochul emphasized. “In fact, [religious leaders] are encouraging the opposite.
“They're encouraging their members [to get vaccinated.”
Although earlier this year, New Yorkers had to drive long distances and wait in long lines to get their shots, Gov. Hochul reassured that this time, she has provided $65 million to local governments, with whom she will be working, to handle the large quantity of people who will be coming forward to get their booster shots, of which Pfizer has assured, it now has a plentiful supply.
Photo by: Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)