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4 States Call in National Guard to Deal With Health Care Staffing Crisis

4 States Call in National Guard to Deal With Health Care Staffing Crisis | 12 Dec 2021 | At least four states in recent weeks have called in members of the National Guard to deal with health care staffing issues amid COVID-19 vaccine mandates for hospital and nursing home workers. Late last week, Indiana became the latest state to deploy the National Guard to hospitals. The Indiana Department of Health confirmed to local media that Guard members were sent to 13 facilities after officials with Indiana University Health, the state's largest hospital system, made the request. Indiana University officials said it's dealing with "all-time highs" of both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients. Earlier this year, about 125 Indiana University health care workers were fired for not complying with the system’s vaccine mandate, although the hospital said at the time that most fired workers were part-time.