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Unvaxxed Calif. nurse records herself being escorted out of hospital: ‘I want all of you to count the cost’

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During the height of the COVD-19 pandemic, nurses (or others in the healthcare or first-responder sectors) were celebrated as heroes. Now, some caregivers being fired or suspended by hospitals across the country for declining to get the coronavirus vaccine.

Case in point, a poised and professional Kaiser Permanente nurse filmed herself being escorted out of a hospital for vaccine non-compliance even though she insists she applied for a religious exemption and never received an explanation for a denial. “I am willing to lose my safety and security, my house, everything, for my freedom,” she declared.

“I am being escorted out of Kaiser Permanente hospital for my religious beliefs because I don’t want to get the jab, and I asked all day for someone to explain to me why sincerely held religious beliefs are not good enough for Kaiser,” the nurse explained at the beginning of the footage as a security guard followed behind her.

It seems that jobs at Kaiser Permanente apparently aren’t permanent in this context.

“No one was able to do that for me, so now they’re escorting me out because I wanted an answer, and I’m not leaving without an answer. And I have some nurses here who are standing with me in solidarity. I appreciate that. And I just want all of you to count the cost,” the woman said, appealing to viewers.

Watch videos embedded below and draw your own conclusions:

“I want you to watch this and think ‘what really matters to me’ because I am willing to lose my safety and security, my house, everything, for my freedom, and I want you to think about that,” the nurse said.

In response to the above video, conservative influencer Jesse Kelly asserted, “Nothing like a brain drain on America’s critical institutions while we’re diving headlong into a supply chain and inflation crisis. All this destruction and madness because of a virus. Absurd.”

Many Americans are pro-vaccine but oppose mandates. It’s an interesting phenomenon that cohorts of those on the frontlines of the healthcare delivery system are vaccine-hesitant. Presumably this turn of events will have an impact on patient care, to which Kelly alluded.

“Let me ask you: Do you believe in religious freedom?,” the nurse apparently asked others in the elevator. “Well Kaiser doesn’t…because they are not accepting my religious exemption because based on my sincerely held religious beliefs, so that’s a problem. All day I’ve been asking for someone from HR to come talk to me about why my religious exemption is not good enough for Kaiser, so I’ve been asking and asking, and no one will give me an answer.

“So that was 10:45 this morning that I was told I am now being placed on unpaid administrative leave for no reason. I showed up for work this morning, happy to work,” the caregiver revealed.

“All I want to do is work…I’ve been a COVID nurse since the beginning, when he didn’t know what was going on….I’ll keep doing that, just somewhere else…freedom matters to me…it’s a slippery slope when they start taking away freedoms…if it’s not the vaccine, it will be something else….I’m taking a stand because I know that this is not the end because they will be just be one other thing…,” she concluded.

The nurse underscored that she routinely parks on the seventh floor of the parking garage and takes the stairs for health and fitness reasons, which seemed to comport with some Kaiser signage there. “I follow the rules, I park on top; that’s the kind of nurse I am,” she quipped.

“It’s a sad day. I don’t know what kind of pandemic it is if you’re firing nurses who are willing to work…It doesn’t make sense to me…What kind of world are we living in where we have a pandemic where my kids have to wear masks at school, and they have to get a vaccine for something that they’re not at risk for dying for at all. What kind of world are we leaving in, firing nurses who don’t want to violate their sincerely held religious beliefs…it’s crazy,” she concluded.

Various lawsuits are pending around the country from employees in different industries that are challenging vaccine mandates on various grounds and got fired or whose jobs are in jeopardy.

At this point, based on some preliminary rulings that have already been handed down, it does not appear that there are five votes on the U.S. Supreme Court — which ultimately has the final say — to block these mandates.

Earlier this month, the Sacramento Bee reported that Kaiser Permanente suspended about 2,000 workers “because they had failed to either get the COVID-19 vaccine or to provide a religious or medical exemption.” The overwhelming majority of Kaiser staff, which totals about 217,000, reportedly have taken the jab.

Robert Jonathan

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