Tens of thousands of health care workers across New York state could lose their jobs as soon as Monday, the state-imposed deadline for them to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. All health care workers at hospitals and nursing homes are required to have at least one dose under the mandate issued last month by then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
At least 8,700 nursing home workers chose to get the vaccine to avoid losing their jobs, state data showed. The percentage of nursing home staff receiving at least one dose of COVID-19 increased to 89% as of Sunday, up from 83% on Wednesday. Still, that means about 16,000 of the 145,000 total nursing home workers statewide had yet to comply with the vaccine mandate.
As for hospitals, the number of workers who waited to the 11th hour to comply with the vaccine mandate remains unclear. Hospitals reported 84% of their roughly 450,000 workers were vaccinated as of last week. That left the future employment of about 72,000 hospital workers unclear.