As Covid vaccine mandate deadline approaches, NY hospitals prep for resignations

Lewis County General Hospital’s decision last week to halt deliveries after several unvaccinated maternity-ward nurses resigned rather than comply with the Covid-19 vaccine mandate became the first known manifestation of fears that the guidelines would prompt dire staffing shortages at New York hospitals.

There are early indications that the upstate hospital, located in the small town of Lowville, will not be the sole facility grappling with that side effect. The Healthcare Association of New York State sent a memo Monday to its members, which include 246 hospitals and health care systems, alerting them to “unprecedented high vacancy rates among all health care titles,” according to a copy reviewed

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