NY healthcare workers must receive a Covid booster by Monday. State association wants extension | local business

Eligible employees in New York City hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare facilities have until February 21 to receive the Covid-19 booster dose.

New York health care workers are running out of time to get a Covid-19 booster shot before the state’s deadline on Monday.

In western New York alone, thousands of eligible workers still need to get the extra dose to keep their jobs.

That’s why some, including a nationwide health association, want extra time on the clock.

While 86% of eligible employees at Kaleida Health are being boosted, about 1,100 of its employees still need the extra dose through Monday, said Michael Hughes, the system’s chief administrative officer.

In the Catholic health system, about 70% of eligible workers have received the refresher so far, spokeswoman JoAnn Cavanaugh said. But another 1,850 workers need to be added by the deadline, she added.

And while 70% of eligible employees at Erie County Medical Center and the Terrace View Long-Term Care Facility will be boosted, about 800 employees still need to receive the extra dose in the next few days, spokesman Peter Cutler said.

As the days wore on, Healthcare Association of New York State President Bea Grause wrote a letter to Gov. Kathy Hochul Tuesday to urge the state to extend the deadline by 90 days to give hospitals, nursing homes and outpatient health departments more time to comply with and avoid further layoffs of employees amid an industry-wide workforce shortage.

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