Employees at a Staten Island, New York hospital took to the streets over the past week, protesting vaccination mandates that press them to get the experimental COVID-19 (CCP virus) vaccine by September 27 or face retaliation. Some of them would be willing to lose their jobs before succumbing.
As reported by Breitbart, the protests began after Staten Island University Hospital began requiring employees to be vaccinated or tested weekly for the coronavirus on August 16.
In addition, according to a state order, healthcare employees must receive the first dose of the vaccine by September 27, and exceptions will only be made for those with religious or medical reasons.
In turn, Staten Island University Hospital, part of Northwell Health (New York’s largest healthcare provider), has informed its employees that those who do not get vaccinated by the date stipulated by the state “will face adverse action up to and including termination of employment.
The hospital’s CT technician, John Matland, who has been a voice for those who, like him, choose not to vaccinate, and is credited with organizing the protests, told CNN:
“For me, it’s personal choice,” he further said that the vaccine, “has to be investigated and we’re not giving ourselves time to investigate.”
“This needs a lot more time and a lot more studying and we’re putting it out on a scale that’s worldwide, and that to me, it’s not a wise decision,” he explained.
As for the recent approval of Pfizer’s vaccine, he said it doesn’t change his mind, claiming it needs as much more time as “the FDA should have taken to investigate it thoroughly.”
As the radiology technician recounted, three-quarters of the staff told him they were still undecided about getting the vaccine. And as for the radiology department at the hospital’s south campus, four out of 10 employees were not vaccinated and remained unwilling to do so.
Both Matland and several others are prepared to stand firm and even lose their jobs, the radiologist said.
On the worker shortage that would be involved in firing a large batch of staff for refusing to get the vaccine, Joe Kemp, a spokesman for Northwell Health, said:
“Concern for keeping our patients and employees safe by vaccinating our workforce outweighs concern over possible staffing issues.”
But according to radiologist Matland, “Losing four of us in radiology would paralyze the entire department.
Meanwhile, the hospital’s phlebotomist, Nelly DeSilvio, said that half of the people in her department were not vaccinated, assuring that the issue would be enormous if they were all gone.
Matland, along with other health workers who are against applying the experimental vaccine started a chat on WhatsApp on July 28, which due to its rapid growth, had to be moved to another platform with greater capacity. The organization of the demonstration outside the hospital was called from there, according to reports.
Employees of other U.S. hospitals are also expressing their refusal to receive COVID’s experimental vaccine and have joined in protests in the face of state-mandated institutional pressure to receive it.
Jane Nymberg, another health care worker who has worked for North Carolina’s Atrium Health for more than two decades, said she is determined to fight the vaccine mandate.
“I’m not going to be forced to take an experimental vaccine that potentially could injure me or kill me,” Nymberg said, asserting that “The chances of that are low. But if it happens, I will be responsible.”