New York’s Democrat Governor Kathy Hochul is refusing to re-hire the state’s unvaxxed healthcare workers who were fired for failing to comply with the now-overturned vaccine mandate.
The move from Gov. Hochul comes despite her vaccine mandate being overturned by the courts.
New York is also currently battling a state-wide shortage of healthcare workers.
Last week, a state Supreme Court judge in Syracuse struck down the statewide vaccine mandate for medical staffers, as Slay News reported.
The mandate was first implemented in 2021 by New York’s disgraced former Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D).
Hochul continued to support the edict when she replaced Cuomo as governor.
“Our healthcare systems are in desperate need of staff right now, we’ve had ambulances waiting five hours at our local emergency rooms to unload patients,” Rochester-based reporter Jennifer Lewke told Hochul.
“The hospitals and nursing homes say they’re waiting for DOH [New York State Department of Health] guidance on whether they can hire any of those workers back.
“What’s the latest on that?”
Hochul said she’s considering legal options to challenge the decision that overturned the mandate.
She also highlighted recruitment efforts for more vaccinated healthcare workers.
The governor also acknowledged that the shortage is “a problem.”
However, she also claimed that re-hiring ousted unvaccinated workers is not the answer to the shortage.
“I don’t think the answer is to have someone who comes in who is sick, be exposed to someone who can give them coronavirus, give them COVID-19,” the governor misleadingly told Lewke.
“I don’t know that that’s the right answer.
“In fact, I’m pretty sure it’s not.”
“I think everybody who goes into a healthcare facility or nursing home should have the assurance, and their family members should know, that we have taken all steps to protect the public health and that includes making sure that those who come in contact with them at their time of most vulnerability, when they are sick or elderly, will not pass on the virus,” Hochul added.
Lewke again pressed the governor: “Couldn’t there be other safety precautions, masking?
“Or other mechanisms in order to allow some of them back in?
“I mean we’re at crisis level here in our hospitals and nursing homes.”
Hochul said she understood “the balance” but asserted that she “cannot put people into harm’s way, because when you’re going to a health care facility, you expect that you’re not going to come out sicker than you went in.
“I think that’s something every New Yorker would expect.”
Hochul is suggesting only unvaccinated people can pass along the virus.
However, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it’s “likely that vaccinated people with breakthrough infection or people infected without symptoms can spread the virus to others.”
Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer also admitted last year that it never tested its vaccines for Covid transmission.
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