(Reuters) -New York Governor Kathy Hochul is considering hiring the National Guard and medical workers outside the state to fill the shortage of hospital staff with tens of thousands of workers who may lose their jobs for failing to meet a Monday deadline COVID-19- vaccination.
The plan, outlined in a statement by Hochul on Saturday, would allow her to declare a state of emergency to increase the supply of medical staff to include licensed professionals from other states and countries as well as retired nurses.
Hochul said that the state was also looking at using National Guard officers with medical training to keep hospitals and other medical facilities adequately staffed. About 1
Gov. Hochul attended the Sunday service in a large church in New York to ask Christians to help market vaccines.
“I need you to be my apostles. "I need you to go out and talk about it and say, 'We owe this to each other,'" Governor Hochul told congregations at the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, according to an official transcript.
“Jesus taught us to love one another and how to show that love, but to care for each other enough to say, please get the vaccine because I love you and I want you to live. "
Nursing staff who are fired for refusing to be vaccinated will not be eligible for unemployment insurance unless they can provide a valid medical clearance request for medical accommodation," said Hochul's office.
A federal judge in Albany temporarily ordered state officials in New York to allow religious exemptions for the state-imposed vaccine mandate for health care workers, introduced by former Governor Andrew Cuomo and enters into force.
A requirement for schoolteachers and staff in New York to be vaccinated was temporarily blocked by a U.S. appellate court just days before it was due to take effect. A hearing is set for Wednesday.
The Delta variant has driven a sharp increase in covid-19 cases and hospital admissions in the United States, which peaked in early September and has since fallen, according to a Reuters report. Deaths, a lagging indicator, continue to rise with the nation reporting about 2,000 lives lost on average per day over the past week, mostly in the unvaccinated.
While national cases are falling by about 25% from the fall peak, new infections in New York have only recently leveled off, according to a Reuters speech.
In an effort to better protect the most vulnerable, the CDC on Friday supported a boost to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for Americans age 65 and older, adults with underlying medical conditions and adults in high-risk work and institutional settings.
On Sunday, CDC chief Dr. Rochelle Walensky decided who would be eligible for the booster shots based on their work in high-risk settings.
"It includes people in homeless shelters, people in group homes, people in prisons, but more importantly, our people who work … with vulnerable communities," said Dr. Walensky during a TV interview. "So our healthcare staff, our teachers, our food workers, our public transport employees."
Dr. Walensky decided to include a wider range of people than was recommended on Thursday by a group of experts from external advisers to the agency. The CDC Director is not obliged to follow the panel's advice.