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Thousands of healthcare workers marched in Charlotte, North Carolina to protest mandatory vaccination orders at two major healthcare facilities.
Staffers at Atrium and Novant have until the fall to get vaccinated. Otherwise, they will lose their jobs.
“At the end of the day, it’s all about choice,” nurse Cheryl Morneau told television station WBTV. “It’s a right. People died for our rights. It’s not right to take that freedom away from us, we are people too. We sacrificed on the frontlines for over a year. Why don’t we have the same rights as everyone else and as our patients do?”
Jane Nymberg is a registered nurse and has worked for Atrium for 25 years. She doesn’t want to leave, but she said she will if they force her to get the shot.
“I’m not going to be forced to take an experimental vaccine that potentially could injure me or kill me. The chances of that are low. But if it happens, I will be responsible,” she told television station WSOC.
Atrium defended its decision to force vaccinate employees.
“Atrium Health has a long history of protecting the health of our patients, our teammates and the communities we serve. With the new and more contagious variants now causing hospitalizations to rise across our region, we are requiring teammates to be vaccinated against the virus – to avoid catching or spreading it to others in our hospitals or other clinical environments,” they wrote in a statement.
I don’t believe it’s right to put that kind of choice in front of somebody,” nurse Kelly Cook said.
HAPPENING NOW: Hundreds are marching to Atrium Health to protest the healthcare system's new policy that will require all employees to be vaccinated. More » https://t.co/Nxm9iJbSd6 pic.twitter.com/BBvQq4REC9— WBTV News (@WBTV_News) August 1, 2021