Fired nurse rips Mayo’s ‘heart-wrenching’ religious exemption process, says infected nurses allowed to work

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A nurse in Arizona fired recently after refusing the COVID-19 vaccine for religious reasons spoke out emotionally about the ordeal.

Speaking on “Fox & Friends First” on Monday, Kaitlin Elcock discussed her termination on January 3rd by Mayo Health over the vaccine. Elcock had requested and reportedly been denied a religious exemption, a process she called “beyond intrusive.”

Elcock told hosts Todd Piro and Ashley Strohmier that “it was heart-wrenching. It was devastating.” Elcock continued on, speaking of the process in very strong terms.

“The whole process of the religious exemption was beyond intrusive, and I feel like it put my religion and my faith on trial, and that’s complete overreach from Mayo and should not have happened in the first place,” she asserted.

Elcock also claimed that Mayo Health is reportedly allowing other workers who tested positive for COVID-19 back on the job in an apparent display of nonsensical hypocrisy.

“It’s super unfortunate because there are vaccinated coworkers who have been exposed, and they’re waiting for their test result to come back, and they’re still allowing them to come to work,” she said.

“Their test result is coming back positive towards the end of the shift, and they’ve already worked that whole shift with the patient, and they’re not even sending them home,” Elcock continued.

However, Strohmier pointed out that Mayo does not have an official policy of allowing workers who test positive with COVID-19 to continue working.

Other firms, such as Dignity Health, which is based in California but operates in Arizona, has in fact allowed positive workers who display mild symptoms to remain on the job instead of quarantining, as long as they wear an N95 protective mask for 10 days. At the time of writing, there is no such policy from Mayo Health, however, on their website.

This is similar to a policy in California where guidelines were issued allowing COVID- positive individuals who are vaccinated to continue working in health care, as long as they wear N95 masks and work primarily with patients already infected with COVID-19.

Elcock went on to castigate Mayo Health for their decision and seemed to imply that this was a case of religious freedom at stake.

“No one should have to make this choice. My plan is to put myself and my family first. I got into nursing to care for people, and I will find a way to do that, whether that’s here in state with an employer that will respect my decisions, or out of state.”

While the federal and local governments struggle over what is the best approach as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, there is certain to be no end to the bitter, contentious debate over the matter.


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