Nursing home workers in New York state who refuse to get a COVID-19 vaccine should not be allowed to work says Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera.
“No vaccine, no work, no school, no in-person shopping,” Rivera said on Twitter on July 13. “You have a right not to be vaccinated. I have the right to protect my kids.”
“Nearly 1/3 of nursing home workers in NYS have not been vaccinated.” Says the NYPost. “Absolutely insane” says a local assemblyman. Agree with him.— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) July 13, 2021
No Vaccine, no work, no school, no in-person shopping. You have a right not to be vaccinated. I have the right to protect my kids.
Rivera’s tweet was in reference to the New York Post’s July 12 article that said only 67 percent of nursing home staff have received a COVID-19 vaccine, compared to the 87 percent residents who’ve been vaccinated in the state of New York.
Around 67 percent of nursing home staff have also been vaccinated in New York City compared to 81 percent of its residents. However, only 58 percent of staffers in Brooklyn have received an inoculation compared to 75 percent of its nursing home residents as of July 10, according to the Post.
Overall, 58 percent of people 18 and older in Brooklyn are fully vaccinated and 63 percent have received at least one dose, as of July 15.
Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after being injected with the second dose of a messenger RNA vaccine or a one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The largest healthcare union, 1199SEIU, which represents the nursing home workers, said members are encouraged to get vaccinated but do not support a vaccine mandate.
“We strongly encourage our members to get the vaccine when available, as we believe it is a vital tool to help us move forward from COVID-19. We do not, however, support a mandate,” the organization said in a statement.
CNN medical analyst Dr. Leana Wen said that COVID-19 vaccines should be mandated. The emergency physician and former president of Planned Parenthood said that businesses and schools should make it difficult for people to stay unvaccinated.
BY MEILING LEE