Thousands of hospital workers could be out of work in New York now that Monday’s deadline has passed for a statewide vaccine mandate.
Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul is even prepared to send in the military to take over the jobs of those healthcare workers ousted over their refusal to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
An estimated 70,000 hospital workers — about 16% of the state’s overall hospital workforce — could be affected by the new law, along with another 25,000 employees at nursing homes and adult care facilities who are likely to face a similar situation in the near future.
The deadline for home care, adult care, and hospice service workers to receive the vaccine or face termination is Oct. 7.
During a press conference on Monday, Hochul said she would assert new emergency powers in response to the labor shortage her administration is helping to create, bragging that hers is a “nation-leading” approach.
Specifically, the governor said she would deputize National Guard troops, speed up the visa process for foreign nurses, and bring retired healthcare workers back into the workforce.
Although she acknowledged that she would have preferred less drastic measures, Hochul said she had no choice but to fire thousands of workers for opting against the vaccine. Making matters worse, the personnel fired as a result of that choice are not eligible for unemployment benefits.
“You’re the smart ones”
Of course, Hochul’s critics might argue that she appears to be imposing this mandate with zeal rather than regret. Democrats have largely embraced vaccine mandates and it is now costing countless Americans their jobs.
The New York governor made her allegiances known during remarks at a Brooklyn megachurch, effectively advising Christians to serve as evangelists for Dr. Anthony Fauci and the pharmaceutical industry.
“I know you’re vaccinated, you’re the smart ones … but you know there are people out there who aren’t listening to God, [to] what God wants,” she said.
Meanwhile, hospitals across her state are postponing surgeries and cutting back on services because of the staffing shortages her policies created.
Former Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo might have been forced to resign in disgrace, but it did not take his replacement long to give New Yorkers another cause for concern.