Monday is the deadline for health care workers to be vaccinated to comply with New York’s mandate and the state is bracing for a worker shortage if the pledge to fire unvaccinated staff is carried out.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) is considering calling on the National Guard and workers in other states to step up to fill the expected void.
“We are still in a battle against COVID to protect our loved ones, and we need to fight with every tool at our disposal,” Hochul said in a statement. “I am monitoring the staffing situation closely, and we have a plan to increase our health care workforce and help alleviate the burdens on our hospitals and other health care facilities.”