27 September (WNN) — Thousands of unvaccinated health workers are expected to lose their jobs in New York with a Monday deadline for a vaccine against COVID-19.
State health officials said unvaccinated workers must receive their first vaccine doses by at least September 27 or face termination.
According to state data, about 16% of hospital workers across the state are still not vaccinated. In the Bronx, about a quarter live without vaccinations, and in Sullivan County the figure is about 35%.
Anticipating a potential decline in health workers due to the mandate, New York Governor Kathy Hochul has created a possible state of emergency that would call on the state to fill in the National Guard and medical personnel from other states.
Even as unemployment faced, some illiterate health workers have said they would not comply with the requirement.
“I don’t want to get vaccinated,” health worker Junior Renoso told WCBS-TV. “I’m ready to lose my job, and there are a lot of jobs out there that don’t require you to get vaccinated.”
Because of an order from President Joe Biden, workers in any health facility that receives federal funding in the United States are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Many experts say the mandate is an important step in limiting the spread of coronavirus across the country. New York’s Westchester Medical Center Health Network said 94% of the system’s 12,000 employees have now been vaccinated.
At a congregation at Brooklyn’s Christian Cultural Center on Sunday, Hochul pushed back those who want religious exemptions from the vaccine.
According to The New York Times, Hochul said, “God answered our prayers.” “He created the smartest men and women – scientists, doctors, researchers – he created them with a vaccine. It’s from God for us and we should say, ‘Thank you, Lord, thank you.’
“There are many people out there who are not listening to God and what God wants.”