Open Letter: Why Are we Scared to Say ‘Fired?’
Many medical institutions are requiring their employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine amid concerns over the pandemic. But, what is going to happen to the medical staff that refuse the vaccine and are also denied a religious exemption?
I'm going to address the huge elephant in the room that no one seems to be talking about...at least not in the media. I don't mind being the unpopular one. I've read articles where medical administrators assure the public that they won't be firing their staff. It all sounds very nice...but, let's look at the facts.
Instead, they'll be putting their employees on unpaid leave until they receive the vaccine. I don't know about you, but personally, I don't think I'd be able pay my bills or buy food for very long without an income. I can't imagine being responsible to take care of a family in this scenario. It can't be an easy choice to make.
Furthermore, many healthcare institutions say they might even fill those position to keep up with healthcare demands.
How is this different than being fired? Unvaccinated healthcare professionals won't be getting a paycheck and their position might be filled. That sounds a lot like being led out the back door to me.
A few weeks ago there was a story about an Registered Nurse from Minnesota named Sarah Blom who went viral when she posted the details of her resignation over the mandate on Facebook. Many have followed her lead.
There's a Facebook group that opposes the mandate called Rally For V Choice MN. It was started in August and has grown to over 48,500 members strong. We're not talking about a few nurses that don't want to be vaccinated. We're talking about a huge population of medical staff that could lose their positions.
Let's stop pretending that what's happening isn't what's happening. Why can't they just say that unvaccinated healthcare professionals are being let go? And, why are so many medical professionals against it?
Now isn't the time to try to tip toe around their feelings because they're already upset. They will be losing their jobs. I can honestly say that I've never believed in anything so much so that I was willing to lose everything over it.
Hospitals and clinics are already short staffed and now we're going to potentially get rid of the help we desperately need? How does that make any sense? We're letting go the same people who were putting their lives at risk every single day at the beginning of the pandemic. They stepped in when we had almost zero information about the virus. They had no idea what they were walking into, and they just did their job.
If hospitals and clinics can't fill the demand right now, what makes them think they'll be able to do it once they put these medical staff on unpaid leave?
I'm not going to pick a side and say what's right or wrong with getting the vaccine. That's your choice. But, I do think we need to be real about what's happening here.
Let's just be honest and say the word 'fired'.
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