Thursday, May 19

Deadline for US health workers to be vaccinated

While many are happy with the requirement, others fear that it will worsen the shortage of health personnel if some health workers rather stop than take the vaccine.

And in some Republican-controlled states that oppose vaccine requirements, hospitals and nursing homes may be caught between local laws and the federal requirement.

The claim will be introduced from Thursday in the states that have not sued, mostly democratically governed states, including some of the largest in the United States such as California, New York, Florida and Pennsylvania.

The others introduce a requirement for the first dose from 14 February, when the ruling in the Supreme Court that supported the claim takes effect.

Applies to many

The requirement for vaccination covers a wide range of US health services. Doctors, nurses, technicians, auxiliary nurses and even voluntary help at hospitals, nursing homes, home care services and other providers must take the vaccine.

The requirement is introduced at a time when many hospitals are overloaded due to the powerful wave of infections caused by the omicron variant, which the USA is currently in. A record number of infected people are admitted, at the same time as many health workers are reported sick.

– There have certainly been people who quit because of the vaccine requirement. But I think the number is pretty low, says Catherine Barbieri of an organization for health care providers in Philadelphia.

Few end

At Wilson Medical Center in Nebraska, for example, three out of 180 employees are leaving, while a few are applying for a waiver, according to spokeswoman Janice Reese.

Florida is one of the states where hospitals can get squeezed between local governments and Washington. They risk losing state support if they do not follow up on the federal vaccine requirement, but can be fined heavily if they do, in violation of Florida law.

Last year, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who opposes coronary restrictions, introduced a law that forces all companies with vaccine requirements to grant employees exemptions for health reasons, religious reasons or if they have been infected before, get tested regularly or agree to wear protective equipment.

Requirements introduced before

On the other hand, some states have already introduced their own requirements for vaccine passports. California introduced the requirement on September 30 last year and now requires a booster vaccine by February 1.

– Better late than never, says Sal Rosselli about the federal vaccine requirement.

– But if it had been introduced earlier, we would not have had to go through this last wave, and many people would have been alive today, says Rosselli who is president of the trade union for health workers.

Central authorities in Washington assure that the requirement is introduced carefully. In theory, federal support can be cut immediately, but institutions where at least 80 percent have been vaccinated and there is an improvement plan will be postponed.

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