A New York hospital has been forced to temporarily stop delivering babies after several staff quit over the vaccine mandate

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The hospital plans to focus on recruiting nurses who are vaccinated. Mario Tama/Getty Images
  • The mass resignation of maternity staff means a New York hospital will pause delivering babies.

  • At least six Lewis County General workers opted to quit rather than get vaccinated, 7 News reported.

  • The key maternity service will pause after September 24 so vaccinated staff can be hired.

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Lewis County General Hospital in Lowville, New York, will temporarily stop delivering babies after several maternity-unit workers resigned over a COVID-19 vaccine mandate, 7 News reported.

At least six employees in the maternity unit quit because they didn't want to get vaccinated. Another seven are undecided about doing so, according to Lewis County Health System chief executive officer, Gerald Cayer.

The hospital will be unable to safely staff the unit, Cayer told 7 News, and will pause the service after September 24.

"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," Cayer said.

Cayer told the outlet he hoped the situation will be temporary. He said he planned to work with the state Department of Health to ensure the maternity unit won't permanently close down.

According to Cayer, 165 employees are yet to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The remaining 464 hospital workers have received their vaccinations, 7 News reported.

In a recent announcement, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo enforced a new policy to help combat the spread of COVID-19 in the state. The policy required all healthcare workers at hospitals to get vaccinated by September 27.

Cayer said the announcement pushed 30 employees to get vaccinated, while another 30 quit.

"Our hope is as we get closer (to the deadline), the numbers will increase of individuals who are vaccinated, fewer individuals will leave and maybe, with a little luck, some of those who have resigned will reconsider," Cayer told 7 News.

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