The White House is doubling its support for the vaccine mandate in the private sector, even as New York State hospitals prepare for staff shortages from the mandate.
Monday, September 22, marked the deadline for full vaccination of hospital staff in New York. But thousands of people in that setting still haven’t gotten the job and many refuse. This prompted New York Governor Kathy Hochul to announce her intention to sign an executive order Monday to give her the power to deploy the National Guard to replace healthcare workers. He said suppliers could allow licensed workers in other states and countries, as well as recent graduates and retired healthcare professionals, to work in the state.
“They’re taking steps to work with the healthcare system to make sure they have alternatives, so they can backfill as needed,” White House Press Secretary Jane Saki told reporters. “And that’s certainly something we support, something some states like New York are doing.”
According to Hochul’s office, about 84 percent of healthcare workers in the state are vaccinated, which means not 16 percent.
The move by the White House comes as a new rule issued by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is expected in the coming weeks, requiring vaccinations for 80,000 private sector workers across the country. President Joe Biden’s executive order requires 100 businesses or more businesses to be vaccinated, or make rules to show evidence of a negative COVID test twice a week. Companies that do not comply with the law could face a fine of up to, 13,600.
Psyche said she expects OSHA to consider state-level orders as it creates its new rules.
“I am sure how they will apply it to various health systems as well as businesses across the country and how they have applied it to the private sector across the country where it has been applied,” he said.
Psyche pointed to some health systems that chose to execute orders before they were required by law. He said Methodist Hospital in Houston lost 153% of its 25,000 employees to less than one percent due to the vaccine mandate, 65 out of 33,000 healthcare workers in Maine lost their jobs, and Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit vaccinated 68 percent to 98% after they issued an order.
“We see it working in many places. It is effective, it is creating more security and security among our employees, ”he said.
But reports from New York tell a different story. According to the University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester’s Strong Memorial Hospital, which operates the facility, has announced that it will close some elective procedures for two weeks due to a shortage.
“Patients may have to wait longer for routine appointments, some staff will be asked to take on new responsibilities, and temporary beds may be closed,” the University of Rochester said in a statement, adding that emergency services and critical care would continue.
On Sept. 2, a hospital in Lovell, on the outskirts of New York, stopped delivering babies – at least temporarily – and several workers on the maternity ward resigned over vaccination orders.
Biden is scheduled to travel to Chicago on Wednesday to continue promoting his vaccine mandate plan and establish a vaccine mandate for more businesses.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times