Covid-19 Live Updates: Booster Shots, Vaccines and Cases
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Gov. Kathy Hochul has plans to use National Guard members and out-of-state professionals to cover staff shortages if thousands of health care workers fail to meet a state vaccination deadline on Monday.
New York weighs using the National Guard to replace unvaccinated health care workers. Image Health care workers were among the vaccine protesters gathered outside Staten Island University Hospital earlier this summer. Credit... Yana Paskova for The New York Times Gov. Kathy Hochul of New York is considering calling in the National Guard and recruiting medical professionals from other states to cover looming staff shortages at hospitals and other facilities as the likelihood grows that tens of thousands of health care workers will not meet the state's deadlines for mandated vaccinations. In a statement released on Saturday, the governor's office said Ms. Hochul was laying plans for an executive order to declare a state of emergency that would "allow qualified health care professionals licensed in other states or countries, recent graduates, retired and formerly practicing health care professionals to practice in New York State." Other options, the statement said, included calling in medically trained National Guard members to deliver care and to work with the federal government to deploy Disaster Medical Assistance Teams, which are operated by the Department for Health and Human Services. New York State is one of the first major testing grounds for stronger vaccination edicts rolling in across the country in the health care sector. California and Maine have also set deadlines for health care workers to be vaccinated. President Biden has said his administration will issue a national vaccination mandate expected to ultimately affect some 17 million health care workers at hospitals and other institutions that accept Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements. Hospital and nursing home employees in New York are required to receive a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine by 11:59 p.m. on Monday night, while workers working in home care, hospices and other adult care facilities must do so by Oct. 7, according to state regulations and a mandate issued on Aug. 16 by former Gov.…