Health care employees who do not comply with the state’s Covid-19 vaccination requirement, which goes into effect on Monday, may result in staff shortages, according to New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, who said she is prepared to declare an emergency if necessary.

As per a statement from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s office, declaring a national emergency would increase the availability of healthcare workers and enable healthcare professionals licensed in other states and countries, new graduates, as well as retired professionals to operate in the state.

The Governor Of New York Expects Potential Shortages Of Healthcare Workers As A Result Of The State’s Failure To Comply With The Vaccination Requirement

Other possibilities include sending medically trained members of the National Guard and enlisting the help of federal disaster medical relief teams. Some healthcare professionals have not yet received the Covid-19 vaccine, which is a concern as the deadline approaches.

Shortages Of Healthcare Workers, Result Of State's Failure To Comply With Vaccination Requirement

As per the governor’s office, 84 percent of all hospital workers in the state are completely vaccinated as of Wednesday, while 81 percent of staff at all adult treatment centers and 77 percent of all nursing home employees inside the state are vaccinated as of Wednesday.

In the absence of a legitimate request for medical accommodation, workers who have been dismissed because they have refused to get a vaccination are not entitled to unemployment insurance, according to the state’s labor department.

The mandated use of the Covid-19 vaccination has been a divisive topic in recent months. Health professionals and several government officials have argued that vaccination requirements are a vital step in protecting the public and slowing the spread of the coronavirus; nevertheless, some government officials and politicians have said that they are opposed to such directives.

Announcing earlier this month that all companies with 100 or more employees would be required to guarantee that their staff was either vaccinated or screened once a week, the Biden administration was greeted with immediate condemnation from some Republican governors. A federal court in New York issued a temporary restraining order against state health authorities from implementing the state’s vaccination requirement if health care employees claimed an exemption earlier this month.

According to the complaint, the judge’s decision came in response to a lawsuit brought by 17 Catholic as well as Baptist medical professionals who claimed they were opposed to receiving the vaccination because of religious grounds and wanted to prohibit the state from implementing the requirement. The legal procedures in this matter are still continuing, and no judgment has been made as of this writing. 

New York hospitals are getting ready for the immunization requirement deadline.

Both Mount Sinai as well as New York-Presbyterian healthcare facilities in New York City have reported that the vast majority of its workers have complied with the state’s vaccination requirement, according to representatives from both health facilities.

According to a spokesman for Mount Sinai, the hospital expects to lose fewer than one percent of its workforce as a result of the inability to comply with the vaccination requirement.

Meanwhile, New York-Presbyterian Institution imposed its own vaccine deadline last week, according to a statement from the hospital. In all, more than 99 percent of the facility’s 48,000 workers are completely vaccinated, according to spokeswoman Suzanne Halpin, who also said that less than 250 employees decided not to adhere to the vaccination requirement.