LOWVILLE, NY (CBSNewYork) – A hospital in upstate New York will stop giving birth in its maternity ward next week after too many workers quit on vaccination mandates.
Officials at Lewis County General Hospital in Lowville say they cannot safely staff the unit and will not give birth until September 24.
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The county health system CEO said six maternity workers had resigned rather than being vaccinated against COVID and seven others were undecided.
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“If we can suspend the service and now focus on recruiting vaccinated nurses, we can re-engage in childbirth here in Lewis County,” said Gerald Cayer.
Cayer says 27% of hospital workers are still not vaccinated.
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All health care workers in New York state are required to get their first immunization before September 27 or risk being made redundant.