Northwell Health, New York State’s chief health officer, announced Monday that it had fired 1,000 of its employees who refused to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to spokesman Joe Kemp.
New York’s efforts to get more than 650,000 government hospitals and home-care workers vaccinated went into effect last week, prompting tens of thousands of workers who were waiting to take up arms. But some have filed lawsuits, and courts throughout the state are deciding when and how to allow for that exemption.
Currently the number of workers in New York who have left their jobs is small, and it is unlikely that the shortage of workers will affect the critical parts of the country during the Delta migration.
The same applies to Northwell, which employs more than 76,000 people. In a statement, Northwell stated that vaccinating 100 percent of its employees would allow the provider to “provide optimal care to all our hospitals, without interruption and enable all of our facilities to remain open and fully operational.”
“Northwell has taken a quick, aggressive approach to effective delivery to fully adhere to the injections while maintaining continuity of care and ensuring that the highest level of patient care is not compromised in any way,” the statement continued.