UPDATED 5:38 PM PT – Sunday, September 12, 2021
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.
Meanwhile, the hospital said it would not be able to provide maternity services after Sept. 24.