National Guard troops to replace healthcare workers fired for not getting Covid-19 vaccine in New York, governor says


Tom Wrobleski

Staten Island Advance, N.Y.

Sep. 29—STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — They say they’ve gone from heroes to zeroes.

Health care workers who do not want to receive the COVID-19 vaccine have already begun to lose their jobs.

Teachers and other staff in the public schools face a Friday deadline after the U.S. Court of Appeals Second District lifted a stay on the city being able to implement a similar vaccine mandate in the public schools.

Gov. Kathy Hochul said that qualified National Guard troops will pinch-hit for health care workers throughout the state. Her office reported that the statewide test positivity number as of Monday was 2.65 percent, on a 7-day rolling average. On Staten Island, the number was 1.83 percent.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said that 87 percent of all Department of Education staffers had gotten the jab, including 90 percent of all teachers.

President Joe Biden recently said that the United States wouldn’t return to pre-pandemic norms until as many as 98 percent of the country is vaccinated.

Meanwhile, drug maker Pfizer reported positive results from its tests of a vaccine for 5- to 11-year-olds.

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