It has just emerged that a waitress in New York was fired after she refused to have the COVID-19 vaccine with what she bveloives is good reason...
The news has really divided people.
Some support her "personal choice," while others have stated that she is putting people at risk, including herself.
Keep scrolling for the low down on this story.
Now, it's been an entire year since COVID-19 brought the entire world to a standstill since its spread in Wuhan, China...
And although we've come a long way since then, it's certainly been a rollercoaster of a ride.
More than 2 million people across the globe have tragically died as a result of this deadly virus...
But even though each and every one of these deaths has been an utter tragedy, there is light at the end of the tunnel... finally.
Just a few months ago in November 2020, the first COVID-19 vaccine was approved...
And, after months of world-wide lockdowns and quarantines, this news was music to everyone's ears.
The vaccine's developers - Pfizer and BioNTech - described the milestone as a "great day for science and humanity."
And, in December, the companies announced that they would be supplying the U.S with one-hundred million additional doses.
Spirits are high...
Because at least fifty-six million people have been vaccinated here in the States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
And, to combat the few vaccine skeptics, various celebrities and public figures had their jabs administered on live TV.
Former vice-president, Mike Pence, was the unlikely figure to lead the trend, with him being one of the first to receive the vaccine during a live White House broadcast.
And then our newly elected president, Joe Biden, quickly followed suit.
Folks, I just received the second dose of my COVID-19 vaccine — and just like the first dose, it was safe, quick, and painless.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) January 11, 2021
I urge everyone to get vaccinated once it’s your turn. Because only together can we save lives and beat this virus. pic.twitter.com/w1m8gEh2iL
After receiving the second dose of the vaccine, he tweeted:
"Folks, I just received the second dose of my COVID-19 vaccine - and just like the first dose, it was safe, quick, and painless. I urge everyone to get vaccinated once it's your turn. Because only together can we save lives and beat this virus."
For many, the success of the vaccine has signalled an end to the dark days of the pandemic...
But for a scarily huge amount of others, the positive attitude isn't shared.
The internet has been rife with extreme conspiracies about the vaccine and its safety...
Whoever believes that vaccines are biological weapons should not get a COVID vaccine. Vaccine hesitancy is fine, we can cure that with education and information. But spreading misinformation, conspiracy theories, and lies--that's unforgivable.— JR Santiago (@oslecjunior) February 18, 2021
Which, of course, has put a lot of people off from being vaccinated.
So many people sadly believe everything they read on the internet...
Instagram has shut down Robert F. Kennedy’s Jr.s account, claiming he was spreading debunked conspiracy theories about COVID-19 and the vaccines. @eriellereshef reports. https://t.co/i9rZzYvW4s pic.twitter.com/pq2I5jjq7M— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 11, 2021
Instead of listening to the medical experts who have been guiding us through this pandemic since day 1.
For instance, many have been accusing Bill Gates of gaining financial profit from the vaccine after he donated $100 million towards research...
And some even went far enough to suggest he wanted to "microchip" us through the vaccine. Many agree the theories have gotten out of control.
But it seems as if these rumors and conspiracies have been working their dark magic...
As many people have been continuing to refuse the vaccine.
One woman from New York was recently fired for making that choice, but she claimed to have a good reason behind it...
Bonnie Jacobson was let go from her job at the Red Hot Tavern in Brooklyn because she didn't want the vaccine as she and her husband were trying for a baby.
And of course, the news had divided the internet.
Some have been offering their support to the former waitress...
However, others were on the side of the employer...
Speaking to NBC, Jacobson explained her stance on the situation.
She emphasized that she is not an anti-vaxxer, but she has hesitations about how the vaccine can effect fertility as there has not been "enough research" done into the issue.
She told her bosses about her choice over an email...
She explained: "I was honest, I'm not going to do it quite yet. I do have my reservations about it, I need to talk to a doctor, just see how I feel. She said no problem."
"My husband and I just got married and were planning on starting to try to have children in August.
"It's already been postponed, I would hate for something to happen and me get the vaccine and we have to hold off a few more years."
However, even though initially it seemed as though her bosses were okay with it, the policy changed within a few days.
This was in order "to maintain a safe working environment," so all employees would have to be vaccinated.
The response email also included the lines: "At this time your employment will be terminated."
And "we are sad to see you go."
Jacobson said she won't be attempting to get her job back or file a lawsuit against the company.
Billy Durney, who owns Red Hook Tavern, also released a statement in which he explained why this is a necessary part of his business.
He told NBC this:
"Once New York State allowed restaurant workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, we thought this was the perfect opportunity to put a plan in place to keep our team and guests safe."
"No one has faced these challenges before and we made a decision that we thought would best protect everyone. And, we now realize that we need to update our policy so it's clear to our team how the process works and what we can do to support them."
The US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has said the vaccine is considered safe but...
For pregnant women, it's a "personal choice" as "actual risks of mRNA vaccines to the pregnant person and her fetus are unknown because these vaccines have not been studied in pregnant women."
So there we have it. Do you think the right decision was made by the employer?
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