Some doctors and nurses are protesting against vaccinations outside hospitals in cities across the country and stressing that limited health care resources are being used to save the lives of those who decide not to protect against Kovid-19.
The dR Steven Fedor, who works in the emergency room at a hospital in Richmond, BC, said he had lost patience with people whose attitude against vaccines had greater social implications.
“I think people who choose not to be vaccinated are showing ultimate selfishness. They may not realize that they are too proud to understand that we live in a society where we all have to make sacrifices,” he said.
“The time has come for more employers, including those at all levels of government, to demand vaccines to send a strong message to those who ignore the science behind the vaccine,” he said.R Fedor, people who are likely to lose their jobs may be shocked to need to be vaccinated.
Steven Feder said patients with other serious illnesses are often prevented from being hospitalized when the health care system slows down due to the number of unvaccinated hospital admissions that do not occupy intensive care beds. Go to the emergency room when cases increase, sometimes worsening their health.
To the staff, it was exhausting. When there is an easy way to prevent them from coming in it can be difficult when someone comes in – a Kovid infection. We must be professional and not judge, but seeing someone who has made a conscious decision not to take vaccines is very taxing for nurses, doctors and all other health care professionals.
DR Steven Fedor
The dR Dr Amit Arya, a palliative care doctor at Kensington Health in Toronto, said rallies outside health care facilities were exhausting for him and other doctors who were tired of working long hours.
He denounced a group of protesters outside the University Health Network earlier this week and said they were preventing patients and staff from getting to the hospital.
“It’s really hard to understand why a group is performing in front of hospitals where there are vulnerable people coming to get medical care,” D said.R Arya, he has been subjected to online harassment and hateful emails for several months due to his pro-vaccine attitude.
“I think people are really aggressive on the vaccine issue and I’m scared. I’m scared for my family, I have small children and I know many other colleagues on the same boat who are very aggressive.
Nearly 5,000 people gathered outside Vancouver General Hospital on Wednesday, Vancouver police said. The protest took place on an equal footing with others at other health centers in the province, prompting Premier John Horgan to declare the targeting and harassment of health care workers “completely unacceptable.”
The Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Nurses Association are essentially supporting the Kovid-19 vaccination for healthcare workers as a way to protect their frontline staff and patients as well as communities.
Michael Villeneuve, executive director of the Nurses ‘Association, said a very small percentage of nurses’ voices, perhaps 3%, appear to be against the vaccine, especially as an occupational condition, but professionals around the world should be aware that COVID-19 has been rigorously tested.
“We make decisions on science. Nursing as a science is not a collection of opinions. If we were to take care of it based on how I think today compared to someone else, it would be a complete mess.”
However, Michael Villeneuve said it was not always clear who protested against the vaccines and who acted as nurses on social media were actually part of the profession.
He said a national response was needed to the public health emergency instead of the patchwork of policies in various jurisdictions regarding immunity.
“People are frustrated with how they understand the value of the solution,” he said of the vaccines. There are always people who say that this is a rights-based response, without any accountability. ”
Anti-vaccine sentiments have intensified since some provinces announced the need for vaccine passports to access places such as restaurants, cinemas and gyms. Quebec and Ontario began their operations this week and British Columbia residents will be required to provide proof of vaccination in the coming weeks.
More than a dozen hospitals in Ontario are required to vaccinate their employees. British Columbia Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr.Back Bonnie Henry said the province is considering similar policies in intensive care facilities. British Columbia has already announced that staff in long-term care facilities will be fully vaccinated by mid-October.