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15 Sep. 2021 20:16

In protest against the compulsory vaccination for health care workers, 30 employees of a hospital in the small town of Lowville in the US state of New York have resigned. As a result of the shortage of staff, the hospital’s maternity ward has to close.

Pregnant residents of the small town of Lowville in the US state of New York will probably soon have to travel to clinics further away for delivery because the city’s hospital will soon no longer have a maternity ward. 30 employees had resigned in protest against the compulsory vaccination for health workers at Lewis County General Hospital in New York State. According to media reports, the hospital’s maternity ward will soon have to close due to a lack of staff.

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US President Joe Biden has already spoken out in favor of introducing mandatory vaccination for employees. The American Hospital Association, the largest hospital association in the United States, is also pushing for mandatory vaccination for healthcare workers. The state of New York passed a mandate in mid-August that requires healthcare workers to have received at least the first dose of vaccine by September 27th. As reported by several media outlets, however, many employees prefer to take the risk of being fired or to quit themselves instead of being vaccinated against corona.

From September 25, the maternity ward in Lowville, where six of the 30 employees were employed, will be closed and will not be able to offer any further deliveries for the time being. Hospital director Gerald Cayer said at a press conference on Friday:

“The number of layoffs has given us no choice.”

He hopes the New York Department of Health will help the hospital keep the maternity ward going. According to Cayers, around a quarter of the employees or 165 people have not yet been vaccinated. Now it is, among other things, the task of the hospital to offer the remaining unvaccinated employees the first vaccination dose by September 27th.

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However, it is still unclear whether the previously unvaccinated employees who have not yet quit want to be vaccinated. The hospital can still provide the essential services, although many layoffs have been received and ten employees are still in quarantine because of a suspected COVID-19 infection. The staff shortage on the ward was a problem even before the Corona crisis, said Cayer.

The hospital director nevertheless hopes that the number of vaccinated employees will increase by the deadline so that fewer employees will be laid off. It is possible that employees who have already quit will come back “with a little luck”. In this context, he also pointed out that the employees who had quit because of the compulsory vaccination are not entitled to unemployment benefits. However, they want to try first to hire new and vaccinated staff.

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