Thousands of healthcare workers in New York City facing either getting the COVID-19 vaccine or losing their jobs have been given at least one dose as the statewide mandate approaches.
More than 650,000 workers in hospitals and nursing homes across the state had until Monday, September 27, to receive their first dose of the vaccine under the new requirement.
On Tuesday, September 28, healthcare facilities reported suspensions of unvaccinated workers, and some had cut services in anticipation of fewer workers. But, according to the Associated Press, administrators and industry representatives said they seemed largely to avoid staff shortages so far.
Broome County Willow Point Nursing and Rehabilitation Center had 15 unvaccinated workers who were no longer eligible to work at Vestal Institution on September 28. This establishment was already suffering from a staff shortage and had closed two of its units. A few weeks ago, the county executive said a third unit was at risk of shutting down.
Some New York State hospitals are postponing elective surgeries, closing labs, and cutting some other non-essential services.
Gov. Kathy Hochul in an update Tuesday afternoon said vaccination rates among healthcare workers continued to rise with 92% of hospital staff compliant Monday night while 92% of nursing home staff and 89% of staff in adult care facilities complied with the mandate. from Monday evening.