The decision by St. Lukes, St. Al’s, and Primary Health to require all employees to receive both COVID-19 shots is still being debated.
Several employees from both major hospitals have contacted Idaho Dispatch to discuss their displeasure with the decision. However, some citizens have come to the defense of the hospitals and medical providers, saying it is necessary to keep workers and patients safe.
Yesterday, a large crowd gathered outside the St. Luke’s hospital in Meridian to protest the mandate.
The protest was organized by a group called Health Freedom Idaho. HFI told Idaho Dispatch that their estimates on the crowd size, based on several individuals who walked through the crowd, was approximately 1,500 people.
Miste Gardner is the Co-Executive Director of Health Freedom Idaho.
Idaho Dispatch reached out to Gardner for comment on the protest. Here is what Gardner told Idaho Dispatch,
Nobody should be forced to receive any kind of medical treatment, especially an experimental “vaccine”, in order to maintain gainful employment. I’ve heard some use the excuse that we are an “at will state”. However, I think it’s clear to see, that the “at will state“ ends at a person’s sovereign body.
If the employers at these hospitals don’t respect the employee’s bodily autonomy how do we expect that they will respect the rights of the patients to make their own healthcare decisions? This kind of requirement affects all of us and we must stand with our Frontline workers now.
Gardner said that a range of people attended the protest, including some who simply did not want to force others to get the COVID-19 shots.
Here is one of the pictures from the event sent to Idaho Dispatch by Gardner:
Many of the comments on Idaho Dispatch’s Facebook page were in favor of the protesters.
Here is a screenshot of some of those comments:
Not everyone agrees with the decision. Some commenters felt it was the right of the business to choose if they wanted to require the COVID-19 shots.
Here is one such comment:
Which side of the debate are you on, if any?
Should employers be allowed to force employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19? Or should the government step in and protect employees by prohibiting employers from mandating the vaccine?
Let us know in the comments below.
Tags: Covid-19, Health Freedom Idaho, Miste Gardener, Primary Health, Protest, St. Als, St. Lukes