Source: Robert E. Martin & Enrico Trigoso

Despite the promotion of COVID-vaccines being safe and effective, many health care workers are refusing to take them, which has contributed to severe staffing shortages in hospitals throughout America that has reached crisis proportions.   According to Forbes Magazine hospitals across the country have reported as many as 50% of their nurses refusing vaccine mandates, even if the refusal will cost them their jobs. Worse yet, those who speak out openly about concerns often get censored by Big Tech companies or kicked off their platforms.  

At my recent admittance to Covenant Hospital for knee replacement surgery, the first night of my stay witnessed a staff of 4 nurses and 2 assistants for 14 patients, when in pre-COVID mandate days there would be 8 nurses and 5 assistants.  Two cooks were purportedly handling food orders for both the Cooper & Harrison campuses, and it was not unusual to wait more than 15 to 30  minutes when calling a nurse for bathroom assistance or water refills. Indeed, according to one nurse requesting anonymity, this unsafe nurse to patient ratio has only propagated more departures.

Even more disturbing is the medical apartheid going on between the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. In a recent study by Harvard researchers, published in the European Journal of Epidemiology, it was discovered that looking at statistics around the world, “there appears to be no discernable relationship between the percentage of the population fully vaccinated and new COVID-19 cases…” The researchers then delivered a brutal body slam to conventional (political) thinking by revealing that “the trend line suggests a marginally positive association such that countries with a higher percentage of the population fully vaccinated have HIGHER (emphasis added) COVID-19 cases per 1 million people.”   That is a truly shocking discovery and one that deserves a serious public debate now that a mandatory vaccination regime – replete with the loss of jobs and lives – is being bolted down across much of the globe. But instead of addressing the health crisis with a modicum of restraint and humility, many politicians are gleefully capitalizing on the pandemic, using it as an opportunity to accumulate ever greater political power.    Despite the fact that many nurses are justifiably reluctant to speak out, here are a few from across the country that recently has.

‘Impossible to Give Fully Informed Consent’Emily Nixon is a registered nurse who has been working in the health industry for 18 years. When her employer, MaineHealth, announced that it would make the vaccine mandatory, she quickly organized a group called The Coalition for Healthcare Workers Against Medical Mandates and filed a lawsuit.   “Thousands of health care workers have and will be losing their jobs. The already weak health care infrastructure of Maine will not withstand this devastating loss of staff. Life will be lost. Care is already being rationed. We have been experiencing a media blackout in this state,” Nixon said.   “It is unconscionable to mandate injections without exemption, especially when the injection is a brand new medical product still undergoing its first year of study. Breakthrough cases are not properly reported on. We know this vaccine is ‘leaky.’ The safety and effectiveness of this vaccine have not been proven. There are other safe and alternative treatments. It is impossible to give fully informed consent without long-term, unbiased data. Threatening our jobs is blatant coercion. Our God-given right to bodily integrity and personal autonomy has been stripped with these mandates and we will not stand for it,” Nixon said.    “Speaking from my point of view, an intelligent, healthy, and empowered health care professional that takes excellent care of herself, it is an insult to expect that I would accept an injection of unknown substance and efficacy and provide an example to the great people that I serve that they too should submit their power over to pharmaceutical companies in an effort to put a band-aid on the gaping wound of reality.”   ‘The Side Effects Are Real’Jaclyn Zubiate, who was working for Southern Maine Health Care, loved her job as a nurse practitioner.  “I did not take the vaccine, even though I will be terminated.  Now with the data that we have, we know that the survival rate is quite high. Over the last 18 months, I have only sent one patient to the ER in respiratory distress. COVID has no distinguishing features among other viruses like other diseases that we have vaccines for, so why would I need a vaccine for something with a 99 percent survival rate that does not have any distinguishable features?” said Zubiate.   “Health care workers are not taking it because they know that the side effects are real. In urgent care, I have seen myocarditis, cellulitis, [and] unusual neurological symptoms, among a variety of other side effects.”    “I have seen people very ill post-vaccine, and then go on to test positive. The positivity rate for contracting COVID on the vaccinated is very high per the recent studies and what I am seeing in my clinic. A vaccine should work, and it is not working. It should be tested for years on something other than humans before we call it ‘safe and effective.’ There have been over 15,000 deaths from the vaccine that the media is not talking about. I will never take that risk on myself,” Zubiate said.   ‘The Data Speaks for Itself’Jessica Mosher has been a registered nurse for more than a decade. She is a mother of four and a veteran of the United States Navy who lost her job for refusing the shots.  She was a nursing supervisor, patient observer manager, and nurse program director at Redington-Fairview General Hospital.   ““I have a master’s degree in nursing and am employed as a professor of nursing research and evidence-based practice. I am skilled in collecting and analyzing data and in drawing conclusions. I did not rely on the media, government, or Big Tech for any of my health care decisions prior to COVID-19 and I have no plans to change course. The data speaks for itself related to the harm these experimental vaccines have caused and the lack of studies that have been conducted.”   “Protecting my health and staying true to my religious convictions will always be my choice over a job. The scriptures promise that ‘as long as the earth remains, there will be seedtime and harvest’; this side of heaven, we have an abundance of employment options, but only one life,” Mosher said.   “What I have seen as a nurse and what others have shared post-vaccination seals the deal. The virus, like the cold and flu, does not have a cure. However, it has an almost 100 percent survival rate. Those pushing the vaccine are following the money. I am following science. Health care workers do not walk away from their passion or stable salary to be difficult. The number of people willing to be fired should be cause for alarm in and of itself,” she said.   ‘None of Us Are Seeing’ SurgesHeather Sadler, a registered nurse, also loves to be a nurse, but she said that she and her family’s health are much more important than her paycheck.   “This is new vaccine (if you want to call it that) technology that has NEVER been deployed successfully, and has no data regarding long-term effects, not to be confused with ‘side effects as the general public seems to be hung upon.”   “I have always been someone who analyzes my health care choices through the lens of the risk-benefit ratio. Knowing what I know about COVID (and I’ve done a lot of research), I do not fall into any of the high-risk for severe illness/death categories: age over 65, obese, heart disease, diabetes, chronic lung conditions, and immunocompromised. For me and my immediate family, there is a greater risk of having a side effect or long-term effect from injecting a virtually unknown substance into ourselves,” Sadler said.   “I am a nurse in Oncology/Hematology, and I’m seeing that we are experiencing an increase in hospitalizations/referrals for clotting and bleeding disorders. For one example, in one week, we had two patients in the hospital who were diagnosed with a rare clotting disorder … And this happened twice in one week in rural central Maine. The only common factor, a COVID shot three days prior in each case. Was this reported to the CDC? I do not know.”   “Only 4 of the roughly 20 to 25 people I’ve known personally who have tested positive for COVID recently have been unvaccinated. Yes, unvaccinated. The majority of the people around me who have tested positive in the past three months have been fully vaccinated. Why would I want to risk side effects or long-term effects of the shot if I can still contract and spread this virus? It’s just not logical. Those two examples clearly blow their theory that ‘it’s safe and effective out of the water,” Sadler said.   “I am in constant communication with other health care workers in the state of Maine and none of us are seeing the ‘surges’ that the general public is told is happening. This is America! I have every right to make an educated decision regarding my health care. No matter what you are told, what I do has no direct effect on you,” Sadler said.   ‘Freedom Is the Most Important Thing’Sherri Thornton was a Maine SAFE Advisory Board member and chair and has been a nurse for 45 years. She was planning to retire but wanted to work until the end of the year; however, when she saw the mandate coming, she decided to retire earlier.   “The components of the vaccines are not safe. There are many side effects that cause more harm than coronavirus. It doesn’t protect against the variants.  Vaccinating everyone will not gain herd immunity and will only cause more variants to which those without natural immunity will succumb,” Thornton said.   Constitutionally, religious objections can be recognized as valid, but still, fail to overcome countervailing arguments or simple accommodations. In Boston, for example, a Muslim objected to the flu vaccine in 2011 due to the use of pork ingredients; the hospital prevailed because it offered a vaccine free of such ingredients.   Moreover, even if there are exemptions to vaccines, it does not mean people cannot face other more restrictive limitations, like remote learning or workplace conditions. The point is simple: Just as religious individuals do not have the absolute right to refuse any obligation as citizens, governments do not have an absolute right to impose any obligations on citizens.   Vaccines seem to have become the latest battleground for our age of rage; there is little willingness to recognize countervailing arguments or values. People who object to vaccines are deemed “insurrectionists,” while questioning the conflicting science and limited testing behind the vaccines  is now likened to claiming “the freedom to kill you with my COVID.”   The difference, however, resides in the nature of the scientific study itself and raises one overriding and pivotal question:  Is it better to have legitimate questions that cannot be answered or monolithic answers that cannot be questioned?