Liberals that think vaccine mandates will improve the nation’s healthcare system should take a close look at what is happening in the Golden State.
California became the first state in the nation to mandate COVID-19 shots for healthcare workers, and the new rule is already creating a shortage of nurses even though it has yet to take full effect. Nurses throughout the state are looking for less stressful positions after spending over a year working with COVID patients. For many, being forced to get vaccinated in order to keep a traumatic job is simply not worth it.
The vaccine mandate has also caused headaches for state hospitals looking to hire traveling nurses. They are already in demand throughout the nation as shortfalls are leading medical centers to look for out-of-state solutions. These nurses have no problem skipping postings in California in favor of working in states without Draconian requirements.
While some employees are willing to get an unwanted COVID shot in order to keep their jobs, it appears that healthcare workers aren’t among their ranks. One hospital in California held a big education and incentive push to encourage nearly 500 unvaccinated employees to get the jab — only twelve people sign up.
A recent nationwide analysis has found that one in eight nurses have no intention of getting vaccinated, and one of the many reasons appears to be the fact that many are young women who are concerned about the impact an experimental shot could have on fertility. The results are predictable: Scripps Health, with a plethora of outpatient centers and hospitals in California, has stated that it is considering temporarily consolidating some of its outpatient centers in order to deal with the nursing shortage. The remaining nurses are stretched to the breaking point as they deal with far more patients than before. Patients have to wait longer to receive needed care, even if they don’t have the novel coronavirus.
The nursing shortage has been problematic for some time. A 2017 HHS study found that California was set to face a shortage of over 44,000 nurses by the year 2030. However, the pandemic has worsened the problem as many nurses, unable to cope with the stress, are finding less-stressful job openings or quitting the profession entirely.
Unfortunately, Governor Gavin Newsom has exacerbated the problem. In the end, it’s regular people in the Golden State who lose out as they are unable to get adequate medical care.