The White House mandated vaccines for all health care professionals. Hospitals around the United States are distressed over staff shortage as the deadline for health care workers to get vaccinated is near.
The White House mandated vaccines for all health care professionals.
The ultimatums end this week in states like New York, California, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Hospitals fear that staff members will quit or accept the suspension in place of getting vaccinated.
Vaccine Mandates In Place; Hospitals Fear Staff Shortage
The decision to mandate the vaccine for health care workers was taken, keeping in mind the safety of the patients. It was aimed to create a safe working environment. Vaccination rates were expected to rise after vaccine mandates were put in place. Unfortunately, the healthcare workers chose to resign instead of getting vaccinated.
Hospitals all around the United States are straining because of staff shortages due to vaccine mandates. Rural hospitals are suffering more than the big hospital setups in the urban regions.
A hospital in Idaho halted its maternity ward due to the lack of enough staff.
Health care workers in New York were required to take at least one dose of their vaccine till the end of this Monday. But some hospitals are already taking action against the unvaccinated workers. Some workers are suspended, or strict action is taken against holdouts.
Some hospitals are putting their workers on unpaid leaves for not taking their vaccine shots. Medical Center Corporation in Erie County said as much as 5% of its hospital workers are on unpaid leaves.
New York’s largest healthcare provider, Northwell Health, said it is terminating its unvaccinated staff members and still stands strong with an almost 100% vaccinated workforce.
However, the New York Governor requested the health care providers to make the right decision. Gov. Kathy plans to summon help from National Guard members for getting vaccinated workers from outside the state.
More than 12 states in the United States have vaccine mandate implementations for health care workers and workers in long-term care facilities. Some states have exemptions based on medical and religious reasons, but these workers must get regular Covid-19 tests done.
The good news is that the states implementing vaccine mandates are observing higher vaccination rates. The Northeastern states have the highest vaccination rates. Whereas in the South and the Midwest States, vaccination rates are lowest in the United States.
The Biden administration also announced, “the federal Medicare or Medicaid will continue only for the fully vaccinated workers.” There are about 17 million health care professionals who receive federal Medicare and Medicaid.
CEO of the Community Hospital in McCook, Nebraska, said out of the staff strength of 330, 25 members are refusing to take the vaccine. The staff members say that they will resign if asked to get vaccinated. And as many as 100 members have not yet decided if they want to get vaccinated or not.
Troy says, “it will be a difficult task to appoint new staff members when we are already under a shortage.” He added, “the upcoming situation will be nothing less than a nightmare for the United States.”