Almost 23% of US Hospitals Under Critical Staffing Shortage

Almost 23% of US Hospitals Under Critical Staffing Shortage

( – Throughout 2021, hospitals across the country implemented vaccine mandates for health care workers. Thousands of employees either resigned or were fired as a result of the directives. Now, the country is seeing some of the effects of the mandates.

On Tuesday, January 11, the Department of Human and Health Services (HHS) released data revealing almost 23% of the hospitals in the US are suffering staff shortages. The federal department found 975 out of the 4,294 hospitals that reported to them were short doctors and nurses.

The staff shortages come amid a COVID-19 surge across the country. The Omicron variant is spreading rapidly and leading to an increase in hospitalizations. On Tuesday, January 11, About 80% of all the ICU beds in the country were full and 30.8% of those beds were occupied by people with the coronavirus.

Some of the hospitals that imposed mandates last year have started to walk them back. In Texas, Attorney General Ken Paxton won an injunction against President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandates for health care workers. California is allowing COVID-19 positive nurses to continue to work with coronavirus patients. The Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in a case fighting the mandates. It’s unclear when the high court plans to issue a ruling on that case. In the meantime, staffing shortages will likely continue.

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