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Maine hospital closes NICU because of staffing shortages due to vaccine mandate

Added 10-12-21 03:17:02pm EST - “A hospital in Maine has closed its neonatal intensive care unit because of a staffing shortage due to the state's impending vaccine mandate for health care workers. Employees at Central Maine Healthcare in Lewiston are required to…” - Theblaze.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Theblaze.com: “Maine hospital closes NICU because of staffing shortages due to vaccine mandate”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A hospital in Maine has closed its neonatal intensive care unit because of a staffing shortage due to the state's impending vaccine mandate for health care workers.

Employees at Central Maine Healthcare in Lewiston are required to get vaccinated against COVID-19. In 18 days' time, WGME-TV reports, any health care worker who is not vaccinated faces termination.

Staff resignations in protest of the vaccine policy have forced the hospital to close its NICU, leaving only four other NICUs open in the state.

Additionally, the hospital on Monday announced on its website that pediatric, heart attack, and trauma patients who came to the hospital would be assessed and stabilized, but sent to another facility if they need to be admitted, WMTW-TV reports. But on Tuesday the announcement was removed without explanation, and it is unclear why those hospital admissions were temporarily suspended.

While a majority of the hospital staff is already vaccinated, more than 250 employees have not submitted their vaccination records, WGME-TV reports. Of those 250 health care workers, 170 have roles that put them in direct contact with patients.

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