Lowell, New York — A hospital in upstate New York will cease delivering infants later this month, partly as a result of workers have resigned after requesting a COVID-19 vaccine.
In line with the Watertown Each day Instances, six obstetric workers from the Lewis County Normal Hospital have resigned up to now this month, exacerbating the prevailing workers scarcity. Hospital officers stated that the division has seven different unvaccinated workers who may resolve to depart.
“The variety of resignations obtained gave us no alternative however to droop supply on the Lewis County Normal Hospital,” CEO Gerald Cayer stated at a press convention later final week. “I hope that the (state) Division of Well being will work with us to droop companies as a substitute of shutting down the obstetrics division.”
Authorities stated that if workers resign as a substitute of earlier than the state’s September 27 deadline for vaccinating well being care staff, the companies of the opposite 5 departments may must be diminished.
Cayer stated about 165 unvaccinated workers, 73% of whom present medical companies, haven’t introduced their intention to remain or depart. The county well being system has roughly 650 workers.
Cayer stated that because the vaccine authorization was introduced final month, 30 folks have resigned, most of whom have held medical positions similar to nurses, therapists and technicians. He stated that one other 30 folks had obtained a minimum of one dose of the vaccine.
“Due to the authorization, there isn’t any threat for fundamental well being companies,” Kaye stated. “This authorization ensures that we are going to have a wholesome workforce and we’re not chargeable for the unfold of (inflicting COVID-19) out and in of our amenities.”
He stated that one individual within the nursing residence of the healthcare system has resigned, however there are nonetheless 48 individuals who have but to take motion.
The “suspension” of maternity depart will start on September 25.
In Massachusetts, the Baker authorities has issued vaccine duties for workers in nursing houses, expert nursing amenities, assisted residing housing and hospice packages, and residential caregivers who present direct residence care.
The governor of Massachusetts additionally requires all govt department workers to be vaccinated, and this activity covers roughly 45,000 state staff.
Many hospitals in Massachusetts additionally require their workers to be vaccinated towards COVID-19, however Baker’s mission doesn’t cowl them.
Nonetheless, a bigger federal push might have an effect on hospitals. The Biden administration stated final week that corporations with greater than 100 workers shall be required to present workers injections or assessments each week. Biden additionally mandated that every one federal govt department workers and federal contractors administer injections with out opt-out of the take a look at. These new necessities might cowl 100 million People.