A care worker who didn’t get the Covid vaccine has appeared in a tearful video on her final shift.
After working in the care sector for 14 years, Louise Akester, 36, has now had her position terminated because she refuses to be vaccinated.
As of November 11, the government requires all care workers in adult care homes to be doubled vaccinated against Covid-19, unless they are medically exempt, reports Hull Live.
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Louise has worked for the last three years at Alderson House, Hull, and worked in the care sector for 14 years.
In a video, filmed on Friday afternoon, Louise appears within minutes of finishing her last shift, tears flowing down her face.
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She says: “That’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do, saying goodbye to everybody, all the people that I’ve cared for, for so long, the people I’ve worked with.
“It’s been so emotional, this is so unfair. I just can’t believe what the bloody government is doing to us, I just don’t get it, I don’t understand.”
“The residents in there are crying their eyes out,” she adds later in the video.
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While Louise has refused to get vaccinated this autumn, as part of her job’s requirements, she was tested three times a week for Covid, wore PPE gear and followed “all guidelines relating to infection control.”
Louise previously told HullLive she was not ruling it out, but would “rather wait” to get the vaccine, “until we know more about the potential long-term side effects.”
Louise called it unfair that there is no mandatory requirement coming in also for care home residents, or their visitors who are family and friends, to be double vaccinated, while there is for staff.
She added: “We should have freedom of choice. The only choice I’ve been left with is either having the vaccine against your freedom of choice, or lose your job.
“It’s absolutely destroying me.”
Jeremy Brown, professor of respiratory medicine at University College London Hospitals and a member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), has said health workers should get vaccinated “as a matter of professional pride.”
A government impact assessment in the summer of the double vaccination requirement for care home workers by November 11 suggested around 40,000 staff would be unvaccinated by the cut-off point.
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