Out in Long Beach, New York this past Monday, an emergency room was forced to close its doors in the wake of a state law that forced all of its unvaccinated medical workers out of their jobs.
The hospital in question, Mount Sinai South Nassau, has shut down its freestanding emergency room in Long Beach and has had to redirect the remnants of its staff to its main campus located in Oceanside, New York, stated the hospital in a release. This “temporary” closure could end up lasting four weeks or maybe longer with reopening depending on the availability of new staff, claimed the hospital.
The vaccine mandate handed down by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) for all medical workers blocks the employees from claiming a religious exemption for the vaccine. This new policy has recently been tied up in the court system due to a plethora of legal challenges. However, one federal court issued a ruling in favor of the state this past month, as reported by The New York Times.
As stated by the hospital:
The staffing shortage and closure of the LBED is a result of the Hospital’s compliance with the NYSDOH’s mandate issued Thursday, requiring the suspension of all staff working under temporary religious exemptions who could not show proof today of receiving a first dose of COVID-19 vaccination or a valid medical exemption from receiving it.
More than 99 percent of Mount Sinai South Nassau’s staff are fully vaccinated, not counting those who sought religious or medical exemptions. Mount Sinai South Nassau is actively recruiting experienced and qualified staff who can document either a first dose COVID-19 vaccination or a valid medical exemption so that it can resume full operations of the Long Beach Emergency Department on or about December 15, 2021.
“We regret having to take this step but the safety of our patients is always our No. 1 priority,” claimed Adhi Sharma, the president of the hospital, in a statement. “This will allow us to shift nursing staff to the Oceanside campus to ensure that we maintain adequate staffing at the Emergency Department at our main campus.”
“We are committed to serving residents of the barrier island,” added the hospital president. “This closure should not be interpreted as anything beyond what it is – a temporary measure designed to relieve current staffing challenges in our Emergency Department. Our nurses, physicians and support staff have been on the frontlines of the pandemic for more than 21 months. We will continue to be there for our patients.”
Back in August, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a statement that instated the state-wide vaccine mandate for all healthcare workers. He did this just scant few days before stepping down from his position as governor after a series of scandals concerning the providing of falsified COVID death data and multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.