A 64-year-old, Karen Roses, who worked at Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead, New York for three years, said that the pandemic is exhausting, making medical personnel jaded, and has made hospitals have insufficient staff. Unfortunately, the vaccination mandate came.
Roses remarked that the mandate had come, and they would just be thrown out the bus, pertaining to the health workers. Thus, she called the hospital “callous” for firing employees without considering the years of hard work they have spent for the hospital or whether they are exempted from the vaccine because of some medical issues and religious beliefs, per MSN.
Healthcare Workers are Blamed
In accordance with the mandate, the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine must be jabbed at New York hospital and nursing home healthcare workers by September 27, while on October 7 is the schedule for home care, hospice, and adult facility workers. Yet, Roses was fired before the deadline came.
According to Roses, unvaccinated healthcare workers are blamed during the pandemic, even with the studies saying that vaccinated people can spread COVID-19. However, conforming to the NBC News report, a recent study shows a significant efficiency of the COVID-19 vaccines in reducing the virus’s spread by 36 to 65%.
On the other hand, based on the September 29 data, 80% of Peconic Bay Medical Center hospital employees in Suffolk County are vaccinated. Meanwhile, 87% are fully vaccinated, Statewide. Furthermore, the vaccination mandate has doubled the rate of fully vaccinated hospital employees, in contrast to the rate of adults in the state. Thus, Roses remarked that it is not just healthcare workers; it’s everybody.
The Mandates Jeopardized People Freedom of Choice
Rose opined that vaccination mandates are jeopardizing the people’s freedom of choice. She also said that she is not against with the vaccine and has never taken any vaccines in the past. Meanwhile, as Insider’s Allana Akhtar formerly reported, some health systems have blamed unvaccinated healthcare employees for staffing shortages. However, the trouble with unvaccinated healthcare employees can be overstated.
Moreover, Roses said she would not receive the vaccine because she feels “rushed” and “forced,” and does not guarantee that she will not catch the coronavirus or pass it on to others. Experts say the vaccine developed quickly because countries and organizations invested heavily in its development, saving time, Insider’s Mary Meisenzahl previously reported. Hence, even if God would come down and tell Roses to get the jab, she would adamantly say no. Also, she said that she does not believe in any researches but hers.
Termination Letter Says She Could Come Back Once She Got Her First Jab
In her termination letter, shared in Insider, New Yorker’s largest healthcare provider, the Peconic Bay Medical Center, said that Roses has been warned several times about the requirement that she get vaccinated or get fired. However, the letter added that if Rose has her first jab in the future, they will rehire her.
The spokesperson for Peconic Bay, a Northwell Health Facility, Andrea Mineo, stated to the Insider that they are aggressive in implementing vaccines for their employees. Nevertheless, they regret losing employees, but as health care professionals and one of the largest health care providers in the state, they understand their big responsibility in taking care of the patients and themselves, according to Mineo.