N.Y. hospital to stop delivering babies after dozens of staff members quit over vaccine mandate

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A New York hospital said it will be forced to stop delivering babies after dozens of staff members quit over vaccine mandates. In a recent announcement, the Lewis County General Hospital said the number of resignations received in the maternity department has left them with no choice but to pause delivering babies.

This comes after at least 30 employees quit in protest of the facility’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. In the meantime, health care administrators are reportedly working on what they called “contingency plans” in the event of future resignations.

Chief Executive Officer of the Lewis County Health System Gerald Cayer said he hopes this will just be a temporary pause on operations in the maternity ward. “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,” said Cayer. However, many have stated they will continue to go against the mandate.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 09: People gather at City Hall to protest vaccine mandates on August 09, 2021 in New York City. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week that as of August 16th proof of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination will be required to attend indoor restaurants, gyms, and entertainment venues with enforcement of the mandate to begin on September 13th. Gov. Andrew Cuomo also announced a vaccination mandate for state employees and patient-facing health care workers at state hospitals with an option to get weekly testing. According to CDC data, NYC is now considered a "high" or "substantial" COVID transmission area, after an increase in coronavirus (COVID-19) infections. The Delta variant now accounts for over 80% of all positive cases in NYC. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 09: People gather at City Hall to protest vaccine mandates on August 09, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, the hospital said it would not be able to provide maternity services after Sept. 24.

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