Northwell says his mandate was put in place to protect patients. A spokesperson said the company aims to have 100% of its staff vaccinated and has used a variety of tactics to push hesitant workers, such as offering them spa days. Before the pandemic, the hospital system encouraged flu shots and required employees who were not vaccinated against the flu to wear masks when they were among patients.
Some protesters, disdainful of scientific data and suspicious of mandates which they believe violate their civil rights, say they are prepared to lose their jobs. Other workers have said they plan to leave the state, possibly Florida, where hospital requirements are more flexible and the number of deaths and hospitalizations has steadily increased since June.
Across New York City, the majority of the state’s more than 600,000 healthcare workers are vaccinated, but many are not. To date, 75% of the approximately 450,000 employees in state hospitals, 74% of the 30,000 employees in state adult care facilities, and 68% of the 145,500 employees in state nursing homes were fully vaccinated, the state said.
Persuasion patterns ranging from free cash and burgers to rides on the MTA have failed to persuade vaccine refusals, leading some hospital systems to take a more severe approach, which has to in turn caused a backlash. Last month, the nation’s largest health union organized a rally after the New York City Presbyterian hospital system demanded that workers receive at least one shot of the vaccine before September 1.
Participants in a recent focus group at Staten Island University Hospital on how to persuade employees to get vaccinated said officials told them about 60% of staff had been vaccinated. Northwell Health did not confirm the figure, but said about 77 percent of employees are vaccinated at Northwell’s 23 hospitals in the city and state.
The de facto head of hospital workers is John Matland, 36, a CT technician who is a good friend of Daniel Presti, the manager of Mac’s Public House bar in Staten Island, who gained notoriety last year. for defying virus restrictions.
When indoor dining was banned in the area due to high rates of coronavirus infection, the bar continued to serve local customers inside, prompting police to arrest Mr Presti and padlock the bar.