As the Covid vaccine mandate for healthcare workers is upon us, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul has announced plans to fortify the state healthcare work force through emergency measures.  An impending shortfall in workers is expected as some healthcare workers will not comply with the new vaccine rule.

Some of these emergency measure put forward by the governor include allowing certified healthcare workers from outside of New York State to come in to service our state's patients.  Also, retired medical professionals will be encouraged to join the current staffs to help blunt the loss of workers.  Additionally, there is the potential for using medically-trained members of the New York State National Guard to assist.

"We are still in a battle against COVID to protect our loved ones, and we need to fight with every tool at our disposal," Governor Hochul said. "I am monitoring the staffing situation closely, and we have a plan to increase our health care workforce and help alleviate the burdens on our hospitals and other health care facilities. I commend all of the health care workers who have stepped up to get themselves vaccinated, and I urge all remaining health care workers who are unvaccinated to do so now so they can continue providing care."

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