End-of-service health care workers will not qualify for unemployment. New York State is preparing to lose tens of thousands of unvaccinated health workers who will not be eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Monday.
In a statement issued over the weekend, Hochol said he is "closely monitoring the situation of employees." “I commend all health care workers who have taken steps to get vaccinated, and urge all health care workers who have not been vaccinated to do so so that they can continue to receive care.”Advertising
If necessary, Hoochol includes an emergency workforce provision for public health facilities. This can include inviting health care workers licensed in other states, those who have retired, or people who have recently graduated from medical school. Hochol also allowed National Guard personnel to receive medical training. Since they have not been vaccinated, they will not qualify for unemployment insurance unless they provide physician-approved housing. But it's unclear how many health care workers will be affected. Officials say about 5,000 city hospital staff — about 10 percent of the workforce — have not been vaccinated. On Monday, the city's health commission, Dr. Dave Chukchi, said some "operational adjustments" may be necessary to account for missing staff in intensive care units or operating rooms. But, he added, "hospitals would be willing to leave this without a significant impact on patient care." For some, Eric Appelbaum, chief medical officer of St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, told the newspaper on Monday that the proportion of hospital staff had risen with at least one dose from 88 percent on Friday to 94 percent today. "I didn't think it would be this good," Applebaum said, noting that he fears vaccination could drop below 90 percent.
New York prepares to lose its job to tens of thousands of unvaccinated health workers
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