Healthcare workers rally at Civic Plaza against vaccine mandate

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Personal rights and civil liberties: two concepts New Mexico health care workers were fighting for Wednesday afternoon. Groups were seen at Civic Plaza, protesting the state’s latest vaccine mandate. On Aug. 17, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced those who work in hospitals and congregate care facilities will be required to […]

Personal rights and civil liberties: two concepts New Mexico health care workers were fighting for Wednesday afternoon. Groups were seen at Civic Plaza, protesting the state’s latest vaccine mandate. On Aug. 17, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced those who work in hospitals and congregate care facilities will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.”This makes me so happy that there’s so many people that are here for the right to choose,” says a health care worker at Presbyterian Hospital, who wished to remain anonymous.Medical professionals from a variety of local hospitals and long-term care facility stopped by with a common point — say no to the vaccine mandate. “I don’t know about this vaccine. I don’t know about everything that they’re saying,” says the Presbyterian Hospital health care worker. “I don’t feel like it’s something that you can go out and just do just because someone says ‘hey you need to do this.'”A healthcare worker at Lovelace Medical Center says Gov. Lujan Grisham’s requirement is out of line. “I think it’s a government oversight and a loss of our civil liberties to have people’s livelihoods threatened because they don’t want to have a shot,” says the health care worker, who also wished to remain anonymous.He adds COVID-19 shots aren’t simple solutions in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.”The shots that they’re giving us right now are not going to maintain immunity from what’s going around the world right now,” he said.However, New Mexico’s top doctor, Dr. David Scrase, says health care workers are an extreme risk to patients. “Health care personnel have some of the highest rates of COVID cases in the country,” says Dr. Scrase. When it comes to vaccine requirements, it’s not a new concept in the health care industry. “Hospitals across the county, the world, require a fairly long series of vaccines for all hospital workers,” says Dr. Scrase.Dr. Jason Mitchell, chief medical officer for Presbyterian Healthcare Services, released the following statement: Presbyterian respects the rights of our workforce to peacefully express their views.We strongly believe in the science and evidence supporting COVID-19 vaccine safety and efficacy. As hospitalizations continue to increase and our hospitals reach capacity once again, requiring vaccinations was the right thing to do to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community while protecting our workforce and patients. By requiring the vaccine, we can ensure that we’re better protected and can continue to deliver excellent care to the communities we serve.

Personal rights and civil liberties: two concepts New Mexico health care workers were fighting for Wednesday afternoon.

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Groups were seen at Civic Plaza, protesting the state’s latest vaccine mandate. On Aug. 17, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced those who work in hospitals and congregate care facilities will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

“This makes me so happy that there’s so many people that are here for the right to choose,” says a health care worker at Presbyterian Hospital, who wished to remain anonymous.

Medical professionals from a variety of local hospitals and long-term care facility stopped by with a common point — say no to the vaccine mandate.

“I don’t know about this vaccine. I don’t know about everything that they’re saying,” says the Presbyterian Hospital health care worker. “I don’t feel like it’s something that you can go out and just do just because someone says ‘hey you need to do this.'”

A healthcare worker at Lovelace Medical Center says Gov. Lujan Grisham’s requirement is out of line.

“I think it’s a government oversight and a loss of our civil liberties to have people’s livelihoods threatened because they don’t want to have a shot,” says the health care worker, who also wished to remain anonymous.

He adds COVID-19 shots aren’t simple solutions in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“The shots that they’re giving us right now are not going to maintain immunity from what’s going around the world right now,” he said.

However, New Mexico’s top doctor, Dr. David Scrase, says health care workers are an extreme risk to patients.

“Health care personnel have some of the highest rates of COVID cases in the country,” says Dr. Scrase.

When it comes to vaccine requirements, it’s not a new concept in the health care industry.

“Hospitals across the county, the world, require a fairly long series of vaccines for all hospital workers,” says Dr. Scrase.

Dr. Jason Mitchell, chief medical officer for Presbyterian Healthcare Services, released the following statement:

Presbyterian respects the rights of our workforce to peacefully express their views.

We strongly believe in the science and evidence supporting COVID-19 vaccine safety and efficacy. As hospitalizations continue to increase and our hospitals reach capacity once again, requiring vaccinations was the right thing to do to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community while protecting our workforce and patients. By requiring the vaccine, we can ensure that we’re better protected and can continue to deliver excellent care to the communities we serve.

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