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NY Set To Lose Up to 70,000 HealthCare Workers Due to Vaccine Mandates


  • The Facts:

  • New York state has mandated healthcare workers be vaccinated.

  • There are about 70,000 healthcare workers that are not vaccinated, 16% of the total amount of healthcare workers.

  • Governor Kathy Hochil signed an executive order declaring a statewide disaster emergency due to healthcare staffing shortages in the state of New York.


  • Reflect On:

  • Do vaccine mandates that cause a greater shortage in the medical system really improve the safety of those in need of health services?

  • If one of the most vaccinated countries, Israel, also has a high infection rate, how does this support mandating vaccines to end the pandemic?



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New York Governor Kathy Hochil signed an executive order declaring a statewide disaster emergency due to healthcare staffing shortages in the state. This comes after mandating that all healthcare workers have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by September 27, 2021. The estimated number of workers that have not been vaccinated is around 70,000, about 16% of the 450,000 total number of healthcare workers.

With this enacted, Hochil will be able to deploy members of the national guard, retired healthcare workers or those with a lapsed licence and bring in people from other locations in order to support the facilities that lose staff due to the mandates.


“We want to stop this virus dead in its tracks, we want it over, we want it done. And the only way to do that is to ensure everyone is vaccinated but particularly individuals who are taking care of people who are sick,” said Hochil at a press conference. A source of The Pulse, who wishes to remain anonymous, is an emergency medical doctor who supported the emergency use authorization of the vaccine. He does not widely oppose vaccines, however, shared some thoughts with us on why he doesn’t think we can vaccinate our way out of the pandemic.

“The day that Israel had their surge while they were the most vaccinated country, that was the day that I realized this is over, it doesn’t matter if those infections are in the unvaccinated, how can countries expect to be better than the most vaccinated country in the world?… You would have to come up with the most absurd rationale of why it didn’t work in Israel but would work here. This whole thing of get vaccinated to end the pandemic, that can’t happen because we saw that it didn’t happen.” Major media outlets have addressed the issue of healthcare workers not getting vaccinated with the notion they are uneducated, or selfish.


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