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UR Medicine may pause elective surgeries for two weeks as vaccine mandate creates staffing crisis

UR Medicine says it’s considering a pause on elective surgeries due to significant staffing shortages.

A spokesperson for the healthcare system, which serves a large chunk of the Finger Lakes and Greater Rochester area, said they are working to minimize the impact on patient care, but as unvaccinated employees leave, or are unable to work that consequences will follow.

One thing the UR Medicine system is considering is a pause on elective surgeries for two weeks beginning September 27. That’s when the state’s healthcare worker vaccine mandate goes into effect.

Just one day earlier hundreds of healthcare workers rallied outside of Strong Memorial Hospital, requesting a test-out option as an alternative to mandatory vaccination.

If workers do not have a vaccine dose recorded by September 27 they will be forced to resign.