Since the start of the pandemic, there has been a shortage of medical professionals including doctors, nurses, and specialty positions. Now a vaccine mandate could make it worse. Healthcare students may be the answer to filling that gap.
Though students are learning the knowledge needed in the field, their lack of experience may only worsen the problem.
County officials are beginning to worry about their nursing homes and county facilities, including health departments and how they will run them with no staff.
Though the mandate has been temporarily blocked due to workers rights to religious exemptions being violated, many fear if the mandate stands, workers will quit in masses. They will also be fired for refusal.
Counties have addressed Governor Kathy Hochul to ask for the mandate to be reconsidered out of fear of unintended consequences of losing staff in vital positions.