In hindsight, "institute a policy that will result in thousands of healthcare workers resigning from the field and risking a mass labor shortage crisis" maybe wasn't the best idea. But looks like it might be too late for that now:
Gov. Hochul took executive action Monday to allow medically trained National Guard troops to fill in for hospital workers who are refusing to get their COVID-19 shots despite the state's vaccine mandate in health care settings.
The mandate requires doctors, nurses and other health care workers statewide to show proof of receiving at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine by midnight Monday in order to continue working.
Hochul said Monday morning she didn't know how many health care employees in New York won't be able to work once the mandate takes effect and that she signed an executive order out of precaution to be able to call in the National Guard to fill any staff shortages.
Though the state doesn't have precise numbers on how many employees might get fired for not getting vaxxed, the governor's office said "about 16% of New York's 450,000 health care workers were not fully vaccinated as of this past weekend."
That's over 70,000 employees.
The people who are set to suffer from this manufactured crisis do not deserve it.
Yet politicians like Kathy Hochul most assuredly deserve the political fallout they are set to receive if this progresses from a moderate crisis to a full-blown catastrophe.
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