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Ontario County joins others pushing back against COVID-19 booster shot mandate for healthcare workers



Ontario County, New York – Ontario County requesting Governor Kathy Hochul reconsider the newly-minted COVID-19 booster shot mandate for healthcare workers.

Along with existing mandate-driven healthcare worker shortages, this will exacerbate the problem- making it worse for local hospitals, they said.

“As with the original vaccine mandate for healthcare workers, each county leader represented here fully supports the value of vaccinations and has worked tirelessly to administer vaccinations to our citizens,” the letter says. “While we fully support the importance of vaccinations to help protect our communities against COVID-19, our hospital systems are facing severe staffing shortages coupled with increasing patient loads caused by the omicron surge. We have significant concerns that if even a handful of healthcare workers are dismissed for their refusal to receive the booster within the designated timeframe, it could exacerbate an already tenuous situation.”

It doesn’t appear likely that Governor Hochul will undo the mandate besides daily cases have begun coming down in New York State.