UTICA, N.Y. – While New York has required vaccinations for state-run hospital workers, Mohawk Valley Health Systems officials have not yet decided if they will mandate shots for employees.
President and CEO Darlene Stromstad says MVHS is not making a decision just yet while focusing on hiring efforts. She says they will look closely at what other hospitals are doing.
About 30% of the employees at MVHS are not vaccinated, but Stromstad says she thinks some people are just procrastinating.
“I think for some people, getting a vaccine is like making a dentist appointment. You mean to do it but you procrastinate. You put it off and put it off. I think this variant should encourage people to stop putting it off and get a vaccine sooner,” she said.
MVHS is still following strict safety guidelines at its hospitals, including mask-wearing and visitation restrictions.