New York to Hospitals: Vaccinate Staff Before the Elderly

New York to Hospitals: Vaccinate Staff Before the Elderly

Schwartz’s email says that hospitals cannot vaccinate other segments of the population—such as the elderly and those with chronic diseases—until they are done vaccinating their medical workers. In an interview on Thursday, Schwartz told TIME that the memo was not intended as a threat to punish hospitals for failing to vaccinate their staff. We are their health care provider.”In a televised briefing on Monday morning, Governor Cuomo lamented the fact that some New York hospitals had only been able to vaccinate 40%-50% of their staff. The memo does not explain how hospitals are expected to vaccinate workers who refuse to get the shot. That strategy has not worked for some New York hospitals.

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