Hochul says 3% of NY hospital workers let go over vaccine mandate

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo

New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced that a small percentage of health care workers have been fired or have resigned after refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine ahead of the state’s mandate.

During a news briefing on Wednesday, Hochul revealed between 94 percent and 97 percent of staff at hospitals, nursing homes, adult care facilities and home health agencies have gotten at least one dose since she took office in late August.  

However, not all workers have been inclined to get vaccinated, leading to some being let go or walking out. 

‘We have numbers that show we are at a three percent total workforce reduction in these categories,’ Hochul said during the briefing. 

‘It includes people who have been terminated, resignations, people who just decided to retire at the time, but also people who are on furlough who are waiting to see the outcome of the litigation.’

That means about 25,000 people are no longer health care workers in New York state.

The litigation Hochul spoke about is in reference to a federal judge ruling on Tuesday that New York must grant health care workers religious exemptions to the vaccine mandate, which the state is appealing.

SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO 

© Provided by Daily Mail (
© Provided by Daily Mail (

New York’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers was split in two parts.

The first required the 450,000 employees at hospitals and 145,400 employees at nursing homes to get at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by Monday, September 27. 

The mandate was announced by then-Governor Andrew Cuomo in August, and was upheld by Hochul when she succeeded him.

It was one of the first – and one of the largest – such mandates to be announced in the U.S.

Data, shared by Hochul during the press briefing, appeared to show that the mandate was successful.

On August 24, when Hochul took office, 77 percent of hospital staff had been fully vaccinated.

By the time the mandate went into effect, 87 percent were fully vaccinated. As of Wednesday, 96 percent have had at least one dose.

Similar, 71 percent of nursing home staff members had received at least one dose on August 24. By September 27, that figure was raised to 92 percent.

Currently, 97 percent of employees have been given an initial dose of the vaccine.

‘When someone is sick and they go into an urgent care center, they go to a hospital, they are in need of help because they are in a vulnerable physical state,’ Hochul said at the briefing.

‘They need to know that the person taking care of them will not pass on this deadly virus to them or their family members – and that has been the whole objective behind this mandate.

‘It’s not something we wanted; it’s something this pandemic has forced us to do.’

© Provided by Daily Mail (
© Provided by Daily Mail (

The second part of the mandate looked at home health care workers at assisted living homes, hospice care, treatment centers, AIDS home care programs and more.

These groups, made up of about 250,000 people, had until October 7 to prove they had received at least one dose of the vaccine or risk termination.

Hochul shared more data showing the uptake in Covid vaccines occurred in these groups as well. 

Among adult care facilities workers, 77 percent had received at least one dose as of August 24, which increased to 95 percent on the day the mandate went into effect.

In home heath care agencies, 83 percent had received at least one dose by October 6 and 86 percent by October 7. 

As of Wednesday, 96 percent of adult care facility workers and 94 percent of home health agency employees have gotten an initial shot.

Additionally, Hochul said 0.5 percent of healthcare workers have currently made appointments to get vaccinated so they don’t lose their jobs.

‘The numbers speak for themselves. I think that the mandates have brought people to the right decisions,’ she said.

© Provided by Daily Mail 191663627
© Provided by Daily Mail

Hochul recently suffered a setback in her effort to uphold the vaccine mandate when a federal judge said on Tuesday employers must grant religious exemptions to New York health care workers who apply for them. 

The ruling from U.S. District Judge David Hurd came after 17 Catholic and Baptist workers sued last month.

They said they objected to the use of fetal cell lines in the development of vaccines. 

Fetal cell lines, which are laboratory-grown cells based on aborted fetal cells that were collected in the 1970s and 1980s, were used for research and development of the shots, but no aborted tissue is an ingredient in the vaccines. 

Upon hearing the news of the ruling, Hochul vowed to fight the decision.

‘My responsibility as Governor is to protect the people of this state, and requiring health care workers to get vaccinated accomplishes that. I stand behind this mandate, and I will fight this decision in court to keep New Yorkers safe,’ she wrote in a statement 

Internet Explorer Channel Network
News Related

OTHER NEWS

Severe storms whack south-east Queensland with hail and heavy rainfall

© Provided by ABC NEWS Storm clouds loom over Maleny on the Sunshine Coast hinterland this afternoon. (Supplied: Michael Lloyd) Severe storms have once again made landfall in south-east Queensland, with ... Read more »

Donald Trump to launch new social platform 'TRUTH Social'

Former US president Donald Trump has announced plans to launch his own social media site featuring non-“woke” entertainment and video on-demand as early as next month. © Shutterstock Former US ... Read more »

Roses, baseball stadiums and... more roses: The top 5 Kardashian proposals, ranked.

In case you missed it, Kourtney Kardashian is engaged to Travis Barker. *cue tears* © Getty Images Roses, baseball stadiums and… more roses: The top 5 Kardashian proposals, ranked. But she ... Read more »

MacBook Air 2022: Display notch could be one of the design changes Apple will implement for the entry-level Mac

Photo credit: Goran Ivos / Unsplash Many were skeptical when a leak appeared online, claiming that the new MacBook Pros would have a display notch until it was confirmed during Apple’s October launch ... Read more »

Tesla reports record quarterly earnings despite global supply chain meltdown

Tesla saw its biggest quarterly net earnings in history, the company said on Wednesday, propelled by record electric vehicle sales last summer, amid a shortage of computer chips and other ... Read more »

Hardt hyperloop gets green cash from the European Commission

As I’ve said before, if you want to ride a hyperloop, you’ll be waiting a while. These things happen slowly. Which is not so much a bad thing when you ... Read more »

'Meteor' seen streaking across night sky in Michigan

Onlookers are particularly surprised at the size and clarity of this celestial object as it burns out on the way to land. Read more »

Amazfit GTR 3, GTR 3 Pro, GTS 3 launched in India: All you need to know

The Amazfit GTR 3 Pro, Amazfit GTR 3, and Amazfit GTS 3 has officially been unveiled in India. The three new smartwatches run on the proprietary Zepp OS and have ... Read more »

BSNL revise its entry level prepaid plans of Rs 56, Rs 57 and Rs 58: Details inside

NEW DELHI: BSNL has revised some of its low-cost prepaid plans. The state-owned telecom operator has revised its prepaid plans of Rs 56, Rs 57 and Rs 58. The service ... Read more »

Samsung, world's global brand value ranks 5th two years in a row

Samsung Electronics Co. was ranked fifth among the world’s top 100 corporate brands for the second year in a row (Yonhap)Samsung Electronics Co., the world’s leading maker of smartphones and ... Read more »

Nuri rocket blasts off

South Korea’s first self-developed satellite launch vehicle launches from the Naro Space Center in Goheung, South Jeolla Province. (Yonhap)Nuri, South Korea’s first domestically made satellite launch vehicle, lifted off from ... Read more »

Android 12 is rolling out to these Pixel phones: Here is how you can install it

One of the key new Android 12 features announced at Google I/O 2021 was Privacy Dashboard. Google announced the stable release of Android 12 alongside the much-awaited Pixel 6 and ... Read more »

Sun Cable renewable energy project dealt a ‘serious blow' as iSwitch pulls out

Sky News Darwin Bureau Chief Matt Cunningham says the $30 billion Sun Cable renewable energy project has been dealt a “serious blow” with the withdrawal of its biggest customer. “The ... Read more »

Microsoft is testing Android Apps in Windows 11

The test is for eligible AMD, Intel and Qualcomm powered devices Microsoft has announced the first preview of the company’s Android app experience on Windows 11 for the Windows Insider ... Read more »

Naver, Kakao ask Netflix to pay for network usage

Naver Founder Lee Hae-jin, left, and Kakao Founder Kim Beom-soo speak during a National Assembly audit, Thursday. Yonhap By Kim Yoo-chul The founders of Naver and Kakao asked global content ... Read more »

Merck's M Lab Collaboration Center marks 5th year anniversary

Merck‘s M Lab Collaboration Center in Songdo marks 5th year anniversary (Merck)Merck, the German science and technology group, on Thursday celebrated the fifth anniversary of its M Lab Collaboration Center ... Read more »

When is Oscar Pistorius due to be released from jail?

South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius is sentenced to prison on 21 October, 2014, for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. (Reuters) On this day seven years ago, ... Read more »

‘I got out of the car and ran': Ex-police officer says she was sexually assaulted by senior officer in forest at night

The 34-year-old claims the police did not properly look into her complaint and even deleted text messages from him (Jayne Jackson) A former police officer says she was left traumatised ... Read more »

'Bad Boy' Alligator Removed From Australian Lagoon for Hostile Behaviour

A male alligator called Kanye was removed from a lagoon at a New South Wales zoo after showing hostility towards other alligators and its keepers. The Australian Reptile Park in ... Read more »

Redmi Note 11 release date: Xiaomi to launch new phones next week, what are the upgrades to expect

Read more »

Wemade CEO joins Bithumb Korea's board of directors

Wemade CEO Chang Hyun-guk / Courtesy of Wemade By Anna J. Park Wemade CEO Chang Hyun-guk became a member of Bithumb Korea’s board of directors earlier this month, hinting at ... Read more »

Nuri readies for space

Fuel and oxidizers are injected into the locally-developed Nuri satellite launch vehicle, erected on a launch pad, at the Naro Space Center in Goheung, South Jeolla Province, Thursday, before its ... Read more »

Parliamentary committee urged to terminate CCC chair Alan MacSporran over Logan council probe

© Provided by ABC News The PCCC hearing is told it should reject the suggestion that CCC chair Alan MacSporran was delinquent in any way in his decisions. (ABC News: Jessica ... Read more »

Too much or not enough sleep can lead to greater cognitive decline

If you’re in the habit of trying to get eight hours of sleep a night, you might want to start setting your alarm 30 minutes earlier. © Provided by Daily ... Read more »

Evergrande collapse could spark Chinese economic drama, hurt Australia

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo China’s second biggest property developer Evergrande is on the verge of collapse after critical deal to stop a default fell through – and ... Read more »

Woman struck and pinned by vehicle in Alice Springs convenience store car park in possible domestic violence incident, NT Police say

© Provided by ABC NEWS NT Police say they have identified the woman’s partner as a person of interest in the incident. (ABC News: Hamish Harty) Police say they are ... Read more »

Ex-Labor powerbroker Eddie Obeid released on health grounds after being sentenced to seven years in jail

One of New South Wales’s most notorious politicians, the former Labor powerbroker Eddie Obeid, 77, has been released on health grounds ahead of a bail hearing after he was sentenced ... Read more »

Reopening not easy for all on flat ASX

Company leaders put a positive spin on tricky times but investors were not always persuaded on a busy day of annual meetings and quarterly updates. © James Gourley/AAP PHOTOS The ... Read more »

PCCC urged to terminate CCC chair Alan MacSporran over Logan council probe

© Provided by ABC News The PCCC hearing is told it should reject the suggestion that CCC chair Alan MacSporran was delinquent in any way in his decisions. (ABC News: Jessica ... Read more »

Healius braces for COVID test surge as restrictions lift

Pathology provider Healius is ramping up investments in new equipment to speed up COVID-19 test results as the company prepares for the rush to test travellers when borders reopen. Chief ... Read more »

(LEAD) LG Group promises to create 39,000 youth jobs in 3 yrs: gov't

(ATTN: ADDS quotes in 7th para, new photos) SEOUL, Oct. 21 (Yonhap) — LG Group has promised to create 39,000 new youth jobs for the next three years after joining ... Read more »

Australia's product rental market is catching up to the rest of the world. Here's how 3 companies are changing the resale landscape.

© Provided by Business Insider Australia ICONIC The rental market has been slowly gaining traction in Australia, as consumers shift their mindset and behaviour around renting and resale. Business Insider ... Read more »

Wayne's teasing clue as age-old mystery looms

Wayne Bennett is already 71 and is still more than a year away from leading the Dolphins as coach in their inaugural NRL season. But the seven-time premiership-winning mentor has ... Read more »

'A disgraceful, shameful moment.' Yesterday, we witnessed exactly why we need a Federal ICAC.

OPINION © Getty Images ‘A disgraceful, shameful moment.’ Yesterday, we witnessed exactly why we need a Federal ICAC. On Wednesday, in the House of Representatives, something dangerous happened. We got ... Read more »

WA offers $1m reward to help find 4yo Cleo

Police believe four-year-old Cleo Smith was snatched from her tent at a West Australian campsite and have offered a $1 million reward for information leading to her location. © PR ... Read more »

Hyundai Doosan Infracore Q3 net income down 44.1 pct. to 45.9 bln won

SEOUL, Oct. 21 (Yonhap) — Hyundai Doosan Infracore Co. on Thursday reported its third-quarter net profit of 45.9 billion won (US$39 million), down 44.1 percent from a year earlier. The ... Read more »

(LEAD) Prosecutors raid Seongnam mayor's office over urban development corruption scandal

(ATTN: UPDATES with more info, background from 3rd para; ADDS photo) SEONGNAM, South Korea, Oct. 21 (Yonhap) — Prosecutors raided the Seongnam mayor’s office Thursday as they expanded a probe ... Read more »

We Got a Sneaky Taste of ALDI's Boujee Christmas Range

As if ALDI wasn’t already the party supermarket — cheese, wine and you’ve got yourself a shindig — they’ve gone all fancy pants for the festive season. Brace yourselves for ... Read more »

$1 million reward for information which leads to the finding of WA girl Cleo Smith

WA Premier Mark McGowan says there is a $1 million reward for anyone who provides crucial information leading to the finding of Cleo Smith. Four-year-old Cleo Smith was on holiday ... Read more »

Clean-up continues on NSW North Coast after freak storm

A massive clean-up effort is underway for residents along the New South Wales North Coast after a freak storm tore through the region yesterday. Houses were badly damaged, buildings flooded ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic