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NY to hire PH nurses

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NEW YORK CITY—To compensate for healthcare professionals who refuse to get vaccinated against Covid19, New York City may be forced to hire nurses from other countries, particularly Ireland and the Philippines.


A deadline for healthcare workers and school employees to get vaccinated was set before its date of implementation on Sept. 27.


“We’re also reaching out to the Department of State to find out about visas for foreign workers, on a limited basis, to bring more nurses over here,” Governor Kathy Hochul told reporters.


She also bared that talks were ongoing in connection with the possible easing of visa requirements, which would enable smoother entry of healthcare workers from the Philippines and other nations.


After the Sept. 27 deadline, however, unvaccinated employees may be fired if they do not have a “valid medical exemption” from getting inoculated.
The city is also eyeing recruiting out-of-state healthcare workers to replace the unvaccinated, although this would require adjusting licensing requirements.


Healthcare workers in the Philippines have long been protesting being overworked and underpaid by the national government, claiming that many of them have not received not only their wages, but also special risk allowances and other benefits, such as active duty hazard pay.


This has led to protests outside the Department of Health and strikes by healthcare professionals who threatened mass resignation, a move that would definitely lead to the collapse of the Philippines’ healthcare system.

Photos: Philippine Star


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