National Guard May Cover New York Health Care Changes


New York Governor Kathy Hochul says she is ready to call on members of the National Guard and medically trained retirees to address potential staff shortages caused by a vaccination warrant for healthcare workers which was to come into force on September 27.

The Democrat on Saturday September 25 released a plan to address what she called “preventable staff shortages” at hospitals and other healthcare facilities once the mandate goes into effect on September 27.

Many healthcare workers still haven’t received the required first injection of the COVID-19 vaccine days before the deadline. This has left the possibility that thousands of healthcare workers will be forced to quit their jobs this week.

Broome County Director Jason Garnar on Friday, September 24, said he was also concerned about staff at private health facilities such as United Health Services and Ascension Lourdes hospitals and private nursing homes, but also at the county-owned Willow Point Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

The Democrat said that even before the mandate to require vaccination of healthcare workers, the nursing home suffered from a staff shortage. He says two units had to be shut down and a third could be on the chopping block.

Garnar says that as of Friday there were at least 30 Willow Point employees who had not received at least their first blow.

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In addition to the issue of the vaccination mandate, Garnar says there are also new rules regarding the time caregivers must spend with patients that could end up forcing homes to turn away new clients.

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