LOWVILLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — An upstate New York hospital will stop delivering babies in its maternity unit next week after too many workers resigned over vaccine mandates.
Officials at Lewis County General Hospital in Lowville say they can’t safely staff the unit and won’t delivery babies until September 24.READ MORE: NYC Announces First-In-The-Nation Vaccine Mandate For Private Companies
The county health system’s CEO says six employees in the maternity unit resigned rather than get a COVID shot and another seven are undecided.READ MORE: Police: Burglar Steals Inspection Stickers From Auto Shop On Long Island
“If we can pause the service and now focus on recruiting nurses who are vaccinated, we will be able to reengage in delivering babies here in Lewis County,” Gerald Cayer said.
Cayer says 27% of the hospital’s workers are still unvaccinated.MORE NEWS: Supply Chain Issues: How Are Global Shortages Affecting Local Customers?
All health care workers in New York State are required to get their first shot by September 27 or face termination.