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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.

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Megan Thee Stallion is just like you. The up-and-coming rapper is struggling to keep up with her college studies while juggling her tour schedule.

Megan paused for some retail therapy at the Coach Flagship Store amidst ongoing legal drama with her record label, 1501 Certified Entertainment.

The "Hot Girl Summer" artist is in the midst of obtaining her degree in health administration at Texas Southern University, but finding the time to study while constantly on the road has proved to be a challenge.

"It's really hard," Megan admitted on daytime talk show "Strahan, Sara and Keke" on Wednesday.

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The 28-year-old knows she isn't the only working student, and she is determined to make the extra effort to graduate.

"School in general is hard," she shared. "I know my schedule is crazy because I'm on the road all the time and I'm rapping, but it's other women out there that are taking care of kids and working 9-to-5, graveyard shifts, so I know that a lot of people can relate to me.

"But when you're going to school and you're really dedicated and you really want it, you gon' figure out a way to make the time to do it."

Megan previously revealed she hopes to put her studies to good use and one day open her own assisted living facilities in her native Texas.

She is eager to hire her fellow classmates and others looking to break into the healthcare industry.

"When you first graduate from college it's really hard to get a job because nobody wants to hire you because you don't have any experience, so I really want my facilities to be (staffed by) some of my classmates and other kids that are just graduating from college that need jobs. Like, this could be your first job."


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