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New York Governor Kathy Hochul declared a State of Emergency and called in the National Guard to replace 72,000 unvaccinated healthcare workers who were terminated at midnight.

Hochul deployed thousands of "medically trained" National Guard troops to staff hospitals in the state after 72,000 healthcare workers were fired for missing the deadline to get vaccinated.

Hochul signed an executive order on Monday evening, allowing the National Guard to replace the terminated hospital staff.

"The only way we can move past this pandemic is to ensure that everyone eligible is vaccinated, and that includes those who are taking care of our vulnerable family members and loved ones," Gov. Hochul said.

In New York, 84% of hospital workers are vaccinated. But Hochul said that's not enough.

"I will be signing an executive order to give me the emergency powers necessary to address these shortages where they occur," Hochul said during an appearance in the Bronx.

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The National Guard troops will fill in for understaffed hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes.

It isn't clear who will fill the jobs vacated by the National Guard troops.

According to CDC statistics, over 74% of Black NY residents are unvaccinated.

On Sunday, Gov. Hochul told the congregation at the Brooklyn-based Christian Cultural Center that the mRNA vaccine is God's answer to "our prayers."

"I prayed a lot to God during this time and you know what, God did answer our prayers," she said.

"He made the smartest men and women, the scientists, the doctors, the researchers — He made them come up with a vaccine. That is from God to us and we must say, thank you, God. Thank you."

Hochul urged the congregation to become her "apostles" by encouraging others to get their shots.

"I need you to be my apostles. I need you to go out and talk about it and say, we owe this to each other. We love each other. Jesus taught us to love one another and how do you show that love but to care about each other enough to say, please get the vaccine because I love you and I want you to live, I want our kids to be safe when they're in schools, I want to be safe when you go to a doctor's office or to a hospital and are treated by somebody, you don't want to get the virus from them. You're already sick or you wouldn't be there."

She added that the vaccinated are "the smart ones" and the unvaccinated "aren't listening to God and what God wants."

Hochul, who is a Democrat, became governor on August 24 after her predecessor, Andrew Cuomo, also a Democrat, resigned in disgrace.

Twitter responded to Hochul deploying the National Guard to replace experienced nurses and doctors.