New York City To Require İts Health Care Workers To Get Vaccinated Or Submit To Weekly Tests - Cnn

New York City To Require İts Health Care Workers To Get Vaccinated Or Submit To Weekly Tests - Cnn

New York City to require its health care workers to get vaccinated or submit to weekly tests

Workers at New York City's public hospitals and health clinics will be required to either get vaccinated or take weekly Covid-19 tests, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday, as the city moves to lean harder on remaining vaccine holdouts.

7/21/2021 8:43:00 PM

Workers at New York City's public hospitals and health clinics will be required to either get vaccinated or take weekly Covid-19 tests, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday, as the city moves to lean harder on remaining vaccine holdouts.

Workers at New York City's public hospitals and health clinics will be required to either get vaccinated or take weekly Covid-19 tests, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday, as the city moves to lean harder on remaining vaccine holdouts.

Speaking to CNN's John Avlon on"New Day" Wednesday morning, de Blasio called the initiative"fair" and said he hoped it would push hesitant health care workers to get vaccinated rather than submit to repeated tests."I understand why a lot of people are hearing misinformation and being affected by it, but enough is enough," de Blasio said."We need our health care workers to be vaccinated and it's getting dangerous with the Delta variant.""I think it's time to do something different, and New York City is ready to lead the way. We're saying, get vaccinated, or get tested weekly. And that's fair," he added.The city's requirement will begin on August 2 and those who refuse both options will be suspended without pay, he said in a press conference Wednesday. Read MoreDr. Sanjay Gupta: The importance of being vaccinatedThe requirement will apply to all staff in the city's public Health + Hospitals (H+H) health care system and all clinical workers with the city's health department, including doctors, nurses, administrative staff, and custodians. H+H is the largest public municipal health system in the United States, with 11 hospitals across New York City.New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi said that they are planning to extend this safety requirement to additional health department staff in the weeks ahead. Health + Hospitals CEO Dr. Mitchell Katz said Wednesday that around 60% of H+H staff are currently vaccinated.According to state data, 70% of hospital workers in New York City have completed their vaccine series -- a significant number but one that is lower than the statewide average for hospital workers of 74%. In the Bronx, just 61% of hospital workers have completed their vaccine series, and Brooklyn hospital workers are just 62% vaccinated.The spread of the more transmissible Delta variant, and a rise in cases across the country, has made the push for vaccinations more urgent.When asked why he didn't just mandate the vaccine for all health care workers, de Blasio told CNN that"this is a step.""We're going to look at all the factors of how you move things," he said."Previously the approach was purely voluntary and that did get us a substantial distance, but now it's time to up the ante, say, 'No longer a choice, you got to do one or the other.'"De Blasio said he hoped to see initiatives like this all over the country, in private and public hospitals. 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