A hospital in upstate New York announced it will temporarily stop delivering babies after six workers in a maternity ward quit instead of getting vaccinated for COVID 19.
Lewis County General Hospital in Lowville said on Friday that it will cease delivering babies after September 24.
According to WWNY, the hospital said it will work with the state’s Department of Health to make sure the maternity ward doesn’t close permanently.
Lewis County Health System Chief Executive Officer Gerald Cayer said that they can delay the service and concentrate on hiring nurses who are vaccinated and would be able to re-engage in delivering babies there in Lewis County.
Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared in August that by September 27, all healthcare workers in the state, including staff at hospitals and long term care facilities, must receive their first COVID 19 vaccination.
Cayer said that 30 of the hospital’s employees got the COVID 19 vaccination, but 30 others quit. At least six of those were in the maternity unit, and another seven employees hadn’t decided whether to get the shot.
He continued that they’re not alone and that there are thousands of positions that are open north of the Thruway and now they have a challenge to work through, with the vaccination mandate.
President Joe Biden announced the federal government’s aggressive new strategy to combat the COVID 19 pandemic on Thursday, which included new vaccine rules that the White House says will affect two-thirds of the American workforce.
The strategy involves six steps all directed at boosting the US vaccination rate, which fell over the summer as a new surge stoked by the Delta variant plunged health care systems in areas with mostly unvaccinated populations back into chaos.
About 73.4 per cent of Americans over the age of 12 have had at least one vaccine shot, but less than 63 per cent are completely vaccinated, considerably short of the threshold to attain herd immunity.
Joe Biden’s plan includes mandating all federal workers and federal contractors get vaccinated, requiring vaccinations for more than 17 million healthcare workers at Medicare and Medicaid participating facilities and requiring all businesses with 100 or more employees to tell their workers to get vaccinated or submit to weekly COVID testing.
In Texas, employees at the Houston Methodist hospital marched out of their shifts to oppose the health system’s COVID 19 vaccine requirement in June.
And as expected, let’s see how long it takes Joe Biden to finish his destruction of the US, after all, he’s broken numerous records in the time he’s been in office.
Some people are just not sheep though and they don’t like to be herded like cattle and prefer to make their own choices about their bodies and what goes into it, and it’s extremely troubling when medical care workers are refusing the vaccine because they’re the people we’re supposed to trust, even before the government – perhaps they know something that we don’t?
But this was incredibly brave and selfless of them to sacrifice their earnings, their livelihood, and the livelihoods of their families for the medical rights of strangers, and I’m sure it must have been a particularly tough decision for them all, as they must love their jobs, being in charge of safely delivering babies into the world.
Nurses are underpaid anyway. Why would they want to jeopardise their health for so little money? After all, they need their health just as much as the next person.
Mandates lead to consequences, and nobody should be forced to put something in their body they don’t want.