MVHS leadership undecided on employee vaccine mandate

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.

Posted: Jul 30, 2021 10:31 AM
Updated: Jul 30, 2021 11:02 AM

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.

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