A hospital in upstate New York will stop delivering babies later this month after 30 staffers quit in protest of the facility’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
Lewis County Health System CEO Gerald Cayer announced at a press conference on Friday that Lewis County General Hospital will be “unable to safely staff” its maternity department beginning Sept. 25.
“The number of resignations received leaves us no choice but to pause delivering babies at Lewis County General Hospital,” Cayer said.
The resignations came after the hospital two weeks ago revised its emergency regulation requiring vaccines for employees, taking away the option for a religious exemption. Medical exemptions, however, are still permitted.
The policy change followed an announcement from then-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) that said all health care workers in the state must be at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19 by Sept. 27.
Of the 30 employees who resigned from Lewis County General Hospital, 21 work in clinical areas, according to Cayer.
He said that 464 individuals in the Lewis County Health System are vaccinated, a 73 percent vaccination rate for its employees.
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SOURCE: The Hill, Mychael Schnell