By: Jivisha Aggarwal, Staff reporter, The Pawprint
An upstate hospital in New York to stop delivering babies as a significant portion of staff quit over new vaccine mandates for healthcare workers. Six workers from the maternity ward of the Lewis County General Hospital quit and about seven are undecided about their position. The resignations when paired with pre-existing vacancies renders the hospital unable to keep the maternity ward running.
New York does not allow religious exemptions to its vaccine mandate however medical exemptions are permitted. About 30 more people have quit, 20 of which are clinical staff. The CEO, Gerald Cayer says that he “unequivocally” supports the mandate and that healthcare workers have a duty to keep those under their care safe. He believes that by going on a break and hiring more vaccinated staff they will be able to resume.