Data shows that a third of New York hospital workers are not immune
Nearly a third of Big Apple hospital workers remain unvaccinated — more than nine months after a campaign to vaccinate medical workers and all New Yorkers against the fatal bug, state data reviewed by The Post reveals.
Figures compiled by the state health department also show that nearly 40 percent of hospital staff in three neighborhoods either declined or did not receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
State statistics received through July 14 found the vaccination rate among hospital workers was just 61 percent for those in the Bronx, 62 percent in Brooklyn and 64 percent in Staten Island.
Two-thirds of Queens Hospital staff, or only 67 percent, have received COVID vaccines.
Even in densely populated Manhattan, only 76 percent of workers have been vaccinated — matching the statewide average. This means that one in four medical personnel remains unvaccinated.
There are about 450,000 workers employed in hospitals in New York state, according to a 2018 study by the State University of New York. This means that more than 100,000 workers are not immunized.
There are no blanket state or city laws that require medical workers to be vaccinated against viruses like COVID, as there are for students in schools.
Public health advocates have described the low rates in medical facilities treating the sick and vulnerable as alarming, with COVID-19 rates rising for four consecutive days in New York as new variables emerge.
“It is sad that so many health care workers are not being vaccinated. It is important to protect themselves, protect their patients, and keep the health care system running. They should be role models,” said Richard Gottfried (D-Manhattan Democrat), chair of the State House Health Committee. For everyone”.
A study was published at Yale University last week I found it COVID vaccines prevented 8,300 deaths and 44,000 hospitalizations in the city during the first six months of 2021.
The state health department did not provide a breakdown of vaccination rates by individual hospitals, as it did for nursing homes, which the paper found also contain Alarmingly low vaccination rate among employees.
New York City Hospitals and Hospitals — the agency that operates 11 public hospitals affiliated with the Big Apple — said its staff vaccination rate has reached nearly 60 percent.
It does not require vaccination of hospital staff.
“NYC Health+ continues to provide access to the vaccine for all of our employees across our hospitals, community health clinics, and skilled nursing facilities. Today, tens of thousands of our employees have been vaccinated, and that number will continue to grow as more and more employees feel comfortable with the vaccine,” a health spokesperson said. And Christopher Miller Hospitals
“We are committed to ensuring that our brave health care workers receive their vaccines when they are ready to receive them.”
Only the New York Presbyterian Hospital system has said so publicly Staff required for vaccination.
The president of the city’s Hospital Advocacy Group praised New York’s aggressive Presbyterian approach.
“I support New York Presbyterian Hospital’s decision to make the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for staff,” said Kenneth Rusk, president of the Greater New York Hospital Association.
Rusk added: “Every hospital and healthcare system is trying to achieve a 100% COVID-19 vaccination rate for its workers. The only question is how. Thanks to the tireless efforts and strong cooperation of our brave and distinguished workforce, we have achieved great vaccination results, but it is still less than 100%. Each institution discusses how to achieve this goal, and some may choose to emulate the mandatory approach.”
Pharmaceutical companies — Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson — have received emergency permission to administer their own COVID vaccines and hospital officials have said they will require employees to receive the vaccination, when the companies receive full permission from the Federal Food and Drug Administration in the coming months to distribute the vaccine.
Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state health department have made health care and other essential workers a top priority to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, even before elderly populationand attract criticism.
“New York State prioritized health care workers at the start of its broad and multifaceted COVID-19 vaccination program last year because it is critical that they are vaccinated to protect themselves and the patients they care for. We are We continue to reach out to health care workers and all New Yorkers to encourage them to get vaccinated as soon as possible.”
Cuomo faces multiple investigations at the state and federal levels Dealing with the COVID-19 crisis In hospitals and nursing homes – including implementing a policy that has been accused of leading to the deaths of more than 8,700 elderly people. He has denied any wrongdoing.