Fighting for the right to choose
BY CHRISTINA SARICH
If you are a nurse in the US and refuse the flu vaccine (one the CDC has even admitted doesn’t always work, largely due to fast mutations and too slow of production) then you have to wear a face mask while on duty. Despite the fact that multiple studies have also shown that flu vaccinations are ineffective and do not offer any extra protection for hospital patients, hospitals are forcing the issue on some of their most prized employees.
Some nurses are choosing to lose their jobs instead of being forced into receiving a vaccine. Others are fighting back by suing the hospital, state, and federal governments for $100,000,000 for trying to take away their constitutional rights.
Dr. Karen Sullivan Sibert, herself a pro-vaccine doctor, wrote an opinion piece explaining how requiring nurses to wear masks for refusing the flu vaccination violates HIPAA law for patient privacy. More importantly, it forces our front lines in the healthcare industry to take a concoction with numerous questionable ingredients, including known neurotoxins like aluminum, foreign proteins derived from GM ingredients, and more.
There are in fact, more than 22,000 nurses, part of Nurses against Mandatory Vaccines (NAMV), who are refusing mandatory vaccines. NAMV was founded when mandatory vaccines were introduced in the workplace, and though it is not pro-vaccine OR anti-vaccine, it is certainly pro-CHOICE. NAMV members believe that all people should have the right to choose and refuse medical treatment, including nurses and healthcare workers.
Why the big push for flu vaccines, anyhow? Publicly available information now shows that hospital systems are REQUIRED to have a 90% or higher flu shot reception rate among their staff, or they lose up to 2% of their funding of Medicare/Medicaid. Conflict of interest?
While the government itself does not require mandatory vaccination policies, many if not all are taking an “all or nothing” stance against their workers. Healthcare workers are now facing being fired if they refuse a flu vaccine. Not only is this a human rights violation, it is also an EEOC violation.
Furthermore, the response to skewed figures which show that about 30,000 people die from the flu every year are used to muddy the waters. This is only an estimation, with pneumonia and other diseases lumped in together with the flu – there is no vaccine for pneumonia, and most flu strains change before a new vaccine can be made to effectively treat them anyhow. What’s more, the most vulnerable victims are infants and the elderly.
Many more people die each year from medical errors, heart disease, diabetes, and other health complications.
NAMV argues that, though it has been suggested that mandatory flu vaccines are for “patient safety,” mandatory flu vaccine policies are to provide more funding and money for the vaccine companies who produce these drugs. Flu vaccines are argued to be just another money train for Big Pharma.
It is refreshing to see that nurses and other healthcare workers are standing up against forced medical procedures.