First responders worry vaccine mandates could make staff shortages even worse

First responders in Maine insist that COVID vaccine mandates will deplete their already overworked firefighters and emergency personnel. On Tuesday’s “Fox and Friends” Local Firefighters 740 President Chris Tomson warned that a vaccine mandate could strain the organization’s staff with “mandatory overtime.”

“Well, my fears are that people who have decided not to get the vaccine for many reasons won’t get the vaccine so we’re not really talking about a mandate that’s going to get all of our people vaccinated. We’re talking about a mandate that’s going to get rid of people who are not vaccinated. That’s not really the same thing,” Tomson said.

He went on to explain that after a year and a half of interacting with the public, including direct exposure to COVID-infected citizens, not a single firefighter has contracted the virus. He contended that the firefighters all wear fitted N95 masks and do not pose any risk to the public.

“We know we are not passing the virus. So, my fear is that these people are going to walk out of principle. Our job is what people with strong principles gravitate towards. As I don’t think some will buckle on it. I think they will walk, “Tomson said.

(Video: Fox News)

Wells, Maine Fire Chief Mark Dupuis said that four firefighters in his department have already vowed not to get the vaccine.

“Our department consists of three shifts of four personnel so each shift is support and I have four individuals who have chosen not to vaccinate and I believe as he has said that they will walk when this time comes,” Dupuis said.

He said of his firefighters, it is far more important to them that they protect their rights than it is to keep their jobs. While they don’t want to leave their positions, a vaccine mandate would be the tipping point, resulting in what would be the predictable and unintended consequences of government overreach. Of course, it’s arguable whether or not the consequences of the overreach would be unintentional.

In other vaccine mandate controversy, President “Buck Stops With Me” Biden, who couldn’t even plagiarize Harry Truman correctly, wants the private sector to do his dirty work. 

“Today I’m calling on more companies…in the private sector to step up the vaccine requirements that will reach millions more people,” Biden said. “If you’re a business leader, a non-profit leader, a state or local leader, who has been waiting for full FDA approval to require vaccinations, I call on you now to do that… do what I did last month, requiring employees to get vaccinated or face strict requirements.”

Not surprisingly, the president was quick to respond to what many say is a rushed FDA approval of the Pfizer COVID vaccine, calling it a “key milestone” earlier this week.  He also loves repeating the million-shots-per-day narrative that fluctuates from day to day, but indeed shows an uptick of 56% in vaccinations over the last month, resulting in six million shots in the last seven days.

The Biden administration has recently imposed vaccine requirements for federal workers, members of the armed forces, federal medical facilities and nursing home workers.

Frank Webster

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