Oct. 13, 2021
Health sectors see 3% reduction in staffing since state vaccination mandate
While more health care workers have become vaccinated against Covid-19, a state vaccine mandate for hospital, nursing home and other health sector workers has resulted in an overall 3% reduction in staffing levels due to resignations, firings or furloughs of jab-opposed employees, Gov. Kathy Hochul acknowledged Wednesday.
The administration did not immediately respond to questions about the specifics behind that overall number, and the effect – from reductions in elective surgeries to slowing nursing home admissions – is only known by anecdotal stories from different regions of the state.
Details were also not released breaking down the staff reduction by position, including doctors, nurses or personal care assistants.
The latest statistics: Covid-19 statistics from state and county departments of health, as well as new data from the New York Times' national Covid-19 tracking project. Read more
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The Editorial Board: Vaccine appeal is necessary as judge buys phony religious claim that even churches reject: "As most religions note – with Pope Francis in the lead – there is no legitimate religious reason for refusing a vaccination. It’s simply a convenient excuse that drags the First Amendment into an issue where it doesn’t belong," writes The News' Editorial Board. Read more
The Editorial Board: Canadians can soon visit the U.S., whose approach our neighbors should evaluate: "While the United States was slower than Canada to reopen its land borders, Canada’s experience has been less productive than government leaders, businesses and others had hoped. That is at least partly because Canada requires travelers to jump through more hoops," writes The News' Editorial Board. Read more
Another Voice: Patients deserve choice of treatment with ivermectin: "To be clear, these are potential treatments – not a cure. These prescriptions do not and should not replace the Covid immunization, if that is something you have chosen to receive. This country was built on freedom of choice. Covid should not limit our choices. Americans should be made aware of these options, no matter on which side of the aisle you sit," writes Lori Luzi. Read more
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