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Albany Med health care workers 98 percent vaccinated

Sep 28, 2021 3:04 pm

Jackson Wang reports for Spectrum News that Albany Medical Center officials don't expect many problems with the state's new mandate that health care workers are vaccinated for COVID-19. They say 98 percent of the health care workers at Albany Medical Center have already received their shots. Albany Med President and CEO Dr. Dennis McKenna said Sept. 28 that a little more than 200 employees will receive a notice of a seven-day unpaid suspension due to being unvaccinated now that the state mandate is in effect. Employees that do not receive a dose of the vaccine in those seven days, will no longer be employees. The mostly full staffing news is good because Albany Medical Center has 37 people hospitalized for COVID-19 currently, with 12 in the ICU and two on ventilators. On Sept. 28 in the afternoon, Columbia Memorial Health hospital in Hudson was reporting two hour emergency department waiting times due to staff shortages. Read more about this story at Spectrum News.