Number of vaccinated NYS health care workers jumps 10% after vaccine mandate
New COVID-19 numbers out Wednesday show 92% of the state's health care workers have received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine. That's up significantly from last week when it was at 82%.
The state's vaccine mandate for health care workers went into effect Monday at midnight. Now, hundreds of health care workers who have not yet gotten a shot have been put on furlough or suspended without pay.
"Should they become ill and an outbreak of COVID happens among health care workers who otherwise would have prevented from getting ill with a vaccine, that runs the risk of jeopardizing the stability of the entire health care system," says Dr. K.C. Rondello of Adelphi University.
The state Health Department is now monitoring staffing across the state 24-7 and is prepared to step in if needed.