Weekly COVID briefing: McKee talks vaccine mandates and state’s declining hospitalization rates
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – In a COVID-19 briefing on Tuesday Governor Dan McKee, yet again, strongly defends his vaccine mandate for healthcare workers in the state.
This, coming just days after the October 1st deadline has come and gone, for all healthcare workers in state-licensed facilities to be fully vaccinated in order to keep their job.
ABC6 News Reporter Olivia DaRocha asked the governor how he plans to help support these healthcare workers who have refused the vaccine- as this now means some may be without health insurance or an income with a family at home.
“As we said earlier we can’t turn our backs on our neighbors… and we need to sort of as best we can keep them hold until this delta goes…” Governor McKee says.
McKee says the state department of labor is prepared to help make temporary placements in jobs, possibly outside of healthcare, in the meantime.
As of Friday, more than 90 facilities in the state had requested an extension until October 31st to meet the state’s mandate.
McKee also provided an update on the millions of dollars in the Rhode Island Rental Relief Fund.
The Governor is still encouraging residents struggling to pay rent or utilities to reach out for help.
The Governor also mentioned his ‘friendly wager’ he proposed with New York’s Governor Kathy Hochul ahead of the highly anticipated wild card game tonight- briefly saying he is ‘of course’ rooting for the Red Sox.