Shocking news emerged earlier today, when it was reported that a hospital in New York is being forced to 'pause' delivering babies.

Lewis County Health System revealed recently that they would be pausing maternity services as a result of staff shortages due to covid.

The shortages come due to staff resigning as a result of the hospital COVID-19 vaccine mandate. In fact there have actually been mass resignations following the hospitals decision to make the vaccine mandatory.

Now many services are at risk, including maternity services with at least six resignations so far and seven others who have expressed an unwillingness to be vaccinated.

Lewis County Health System CEO Gerald R. Cayer said:

We are unable to safely staff the service after Sept. 24. The number of resignations received leaves us no choice but to pause delivering babies at Lewis County General Hospital.

Cayer said during a county meeting Friday that he "unequivocally" supports a vaccine mandate for health care workers. He added that essential services are not at risk because of the mandate, which ensures a "healthy workforce."

He then said:

We as employees have an obligation not to put those we care for or our coworkers at risk.

In the meantime the hospital is working on contingency plans in the case more mass resignations put other essential services at risk.

The deadline for health care staff to receive their first vaccine dose is September 27, according to New York State law.

There are medical exemptions for those who are allergic to or have had previous adverse reactions to vaccines, with certification from a licensed physician or certified nurse practitioner. Religious exemption, however, is not allowed in New York, with NBC reporting that the state has previously eliminated religious exemptions in 2019 during a measles outbreak.

The lack of a proper maternity ward in the hospital could bring on disastrous consequences. All as a result of staff not wanting the vaccine and opting, instead, for unemployment.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been truly horrific across the globe, but in cities such as New York, the damage has been unparalleled.

At the time of writing there have been over two million cases in the city, and over 50,000 deaths.

I guess we can only hope that one day soon we will see the back of this fatal pandemic and that life as we once knew it will return.