Yet, The State Leads Country in Highest Percentage of Population COVID Vaccinated
Massachusetts, the leading state (tied with Vermont) in the country in percentage of population that are vaccinated, is ordering hospitals with limited capacity to reduce elective procedures amid workforce shortages.
Of the 740 total hospitalizations of patients diagnosed with COVID-19, 273 (37%) are fully vaccinated, according to the state Department of Public Health.
In Massachusetts, 5,843,748 people or 84% of the state has received at least one dose of an experimental “vaccine.” Overall, 4,880,326 people or 70% of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated.
Effective Nov. 29, hospitals with limited capacity must “begin to reduce non-essential, non-urgent scheduled procedures to ensure adequate hospital capacity for immediate healthcare needs,” according to a statement from Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration and the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association.
This guidance, which will not affect urgent and essential procedures, was developed in response to several challenges affecting hospitals.
The governor’s administration and the state hospital association said a critical staffing shortage contributed to the loss of about 500 medical/surgical and intensive care unit hospital beds across the state.
Hospitals are also grappling with capacity pressures due to the workforce shortages and longer than average hospital stays, which “require this concerted effort to preserve inpatient capacity” for patients, they said.
Despite the highest percentage of population being “vaccinated” for the Chinese COVID Virus, daily COVID-19 hospitalizations in Massachusetts have risen 45 percent over the last two weeks, according to data last updated Nov. 23 and tracked by The New York Times.
In October, several law enforcement unions — the State Police Association of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Correction Officers Federated Union — lodged lawsuits in state or federal court in an attempt to block the requirements to force vaccinations.
Governor Baker has spent most of his adult life in the healthcare business and considered a strong proponent for the industry.
🔹In 1991, he became Massachusetts Undersecretary of Health and Human Services under Governor Bill Weld.
🔹In 1992, he was appointed Secretary of Health and Human Services of Massachusetts.
🔹After working in government for eight years, Baker left to become CEO of Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates.
🔹Before going back into politics, he became CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, a nonprofit health benefits company.
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