Should Healthcare Workers Be Mandated To Vaccinate?
Governor Andrew Cuomo is slated to leave office next week, but before he does, he’s making one last COVID-19 mandate for healthcare workers in New York. There are some people in the state who do not believe that he should not be able to make any more mandates after his resignation.
Today Governor Cuomo announced that all Healthcare workers in New York must be vaccinated against COVID-19 in the near future.
The majority of healthcare workers have already been vaccinated against COVID-19. Health officials say that 68% of nursing home workers, 74% of workers in adult care facilities, and 75% of the state’s hospital workers have already been vaccinated; but that’s still not enough.
According to Healthcare workers have been given a deadline of September 27 to be vaccinated. Very limited exceptions will be given to those who can prove that they have religious or medical reasons that would prohibit them from being vaccinated.
Governor Cuomo says that New Yorkers must still continue to work to fight COVID-19. He said, “When COVID ambushed New York last year, New Yorkers acted, while the Federal Government denied the problem. Now the Delta variant is spreading across the nation and across New York. Our healthcare heroes led the battle against the virus, and now we need them to lead the battle between the variant and the vaccine.” Governor Cuomo also says that lieutenant governor Hochul was made aware of the mandate prior to his announcement.
The new mandate does not take effect until well after Governor Cuomo is out of office. What do you think, should healthcare workers be required to adhere to Governor Cuomo‘s mandate?