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Covid-19: Health sectors see 3% reduction in staffing since state vaccination mandate

Covid-19: Health sectors see 3% reduction in staffing since state vaccination mandate

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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.

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