Members of the National Guard could help fill any gaps that arise in New York state’s health care workforce due to a COVID-19 vaccine mandate, New York’s governor said.
“I will be signing an executive order to give me the emergency powers necessary to address the shortages where they occur,” New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said on Monday. “That’s going to allow me to deploy the National Guard who are medically trained,” as well as retirees who have had a license lapse, and workers from elsewhere.
A recent news release noted that as of Sept. 22, 84% of hospital employees in the Empire State had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Around 16%, or 72,000 individuals, had not been fully vaccinated, according to Fox Business.
The plan to contend with any staffing shortfalls “includes preparing to sign an executive order if necessary to declare a state of emergency that seeks to increase workforce supply and 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,” the news release noted.