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N.Y. hospital pauses deliveries after staffers resign over coronavirus vaccine mandate


September 13, 2021

Yana Paskova, New York Times

People protest vaccine mandates for health care workers at Staten Island University Hospital, Northwell Health on Staten Island on Aug. 16, 2021.

An Upstate New York hospital announced that it will stop delivering babies this month after several staffers in the maternity department resigned over the hospital system's coronavirus vaccine mandate.

At least six unvaccinated maternity staffers at Lewis County General Hospital have resigned in recent days, and seven others remain undecided on whether to get vaccinated, Gerald Cayer, chief executive officer of the Lewis County Health System, said at a Friday news conference. The staff shortage will result in the hospital being "unable to safely staff" the maternity department beginning Sept. 25, he said.

"The number of resignations received leaves us no choice but to pause delivering babies at Lewis County General Hospital," Cayer said. "It is my hope that the [New York State] Department of Health will work with us in pausing the service rather than closing the maternity department."


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