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Rensselaer County has no place for autopsies as chief medical examiner refuses vaccine

Oct 05, 2021 12:55 pm

Kenneth C. Crowe II reports in the Times Union that Rensselaer County has no place to do autopsies because its chief medical examiner, Dr. Michael Sikirica, refuses to get vaccinated. He can't do them at Albany Medical Center Hospital, because they have a policy that mandates staff be vaccinated. For some reason, Sikirica said last week he would do autopsies at Glens Falls Hospital. But that hospital also has a vaccine mandate. “The bottom line is our policy is you have to be vaccinated to do work here,” Ray Agnew, a hospital spokesperson said Oct. 4. Rensselaer County is required by law to provide to do autopsies, and does between 100 and 120 a year. Currently, Rensselaer County has no plan for how they will do autopsies. “As we did several days ago, we are reacting and making adjustments to ensure our legal responsibility is fulfilled. We expect to be able to make an announcement in the near future," Richard Crist, county director of operations said. The Rensselaer County District Attorney’s Office said it is waiting to, “understand what the options are based on the contract.” Read more about this story in the Times Union.