New York City requires health workers to be vaccinated or get tested weekly – News Vibe24

    New York City requires health workers to be vaccinated or get tested weekly - Times of India
    NEW YORK: As part of a nationwide response to the threat posed by Delta’s most contagious Korana virus variant, New York will require Covid-19 vaccinations or weekly examinations for staff in city-run hospitals and clinics.
    The new policy will take effect on August 2, Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a press conference on Wednesday. The city will suspend without paying any employee who refuses to either be vaccinated or checked.
    “Because of the Delta variant, more and more the choice is between infection or vaccination, and that can mean the difference between life and death,” Dave Chokshi, the city’s health commissioner, told the same source.
    About 60 percent of New York City’s more than 42,000 public hospital staff are being vaccinated, Mitch Katz, who heads the nation’s largest public health care system, said Wednesday. Across New York, 70% of hospital staff have received both doses of the vaccine, according to state figures.
    The percentage of New York public hospital staff who are fully vaccinated is also lower than the city’s adult population, which stands at 65%, according to city health data.
    The requirement marks the first time the City Hall has ordered vaccinations or negative tests for public sector employees.
    In California, San Francisco took more decisive action last month when it announced that all municipal workers in “high-risk” areas such as homeless shelters and prisons should be vaccinated by September 15.
    De Blasio said New York could take further action if the threat posed by the Delta variant increases. He did not rule out extending vaccination or testing requirements to all city workers in the future.
    The highly contagious Delta variant that originated in India and has become the world’s leading strain is wreaking havoc on the nation’s unvaccinated population in recent weeks.
    Rochelle Walensky, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said last week that 97% of people who enter hospitals in the United States with Covid-19 have not been vaccinated.
    A new influx of cases
    Dozens of hospitals and health systems in the United States have issued vaccination requirements for their staff.
    Last month, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by a group of employees at Houston Methodist Hospital in Texas over his request to be vaccinated against Covid-19.
    A large medical system in New Jersey has fired half a dozen employees for not being vaccinated against COVID-19, according to reports released Tuesday.
    Several low-vaccination states, such as Utah, Arkansas and Louisiana, are experiencing outbreaks again, and some hospitals have warned that they are shocked by the influx of Covid-19 patients.
    “We have a worrying increase in the number of Covid-19 cases across the Houston area,” Patti Muck, a Texas Houston Methodist spokesman, said in an email earlier this week. “Increased hospitalization adds stress to many of our approaching hospitals.”
    Coronavirus cases have nearly tripled in the past month and hospitalizations have risen by almost 40%, according to a Reuters data analysis. Deaths, which may lag behind other indicators, decreased by 14% over the same period.


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