Thank you for giving me the platform to share my story about what is happening here in SA at the moment. We have just had healthcare mandates announced by the SA Police Commissioner, Grant Stevens.
All healthcare workers in private and public hospitals need to have had 1 dose by November 1st. The rest of healthcare by November 8th. This will affect my 20-year career in healthcare. I work as a Practice Manager/Nurse in a small dermatology practice where I have worked for the past 13 years. I am a single mother to 2 daughters, 11 and 6. I am angry, disappointed, frustrated, upset, and scared of what the future holds, just to name a few of the emotions that I am going through at the moment. This will affect the practice where I work as well, as it will lose 50% of its staff, with 2 weeks to find replacements and also a pregnant practitioner, who is having to bring her maternity leave forward by a month, as she does not wish to have the vaccine whilst she is pregnant. This, in turn, is going to affect the hundreds of patients we see for their dermatologic conditions.
In the 13 years at my current place of employment I have never been asked for my vaccination status, but now all of a sudden, it’s get the vaccine or you won’t have a job. The business owner just tells me how disappointed she is in me. I have never discriminated against anyone, their gender, religion, ethnicity, criminal history etc and definitely not their vaccination status. I have cared for people for 20 years, held patients’ hands while they were dying, cleaned up their vomit, wiped their bottoms and made them the number 1 priority.
Now, to have my career that I have strived so hard to succeed in being taken away from me is heartbreaking. It is so sad to see everyone’s freedoms and Human Rights be stripped away right in front of our eyes. Having a vaccine is a medical procedure and I wish people were informed of the REAL adverse side effects of the vaccine, against a respiratory illness that has a 99% recovery rate. I respect everyone’s personal decision whether they choose to get the vaccine or not and I expect the same respect towards my decision.
I attended the Adelaide Freedom Rally last Saturday, and it was amazing. So many people came up to me, especially Nurses and asking where I work and telling me about their current situation. It appears from speaking to these Nurses who work in our big hospitals in Adelaide, the impact of these mandates are going to see the loss of about 30% experienced Nurses at each hospital. One nurse who works in the biggest public hospital in SA also informed me that internal memos have been distributed asking for vaccinated nurses to go to Melbourne to cover, as they have a shortage of Nurses. Last year’s heros when there was no vaccine, this year – no jab, no job.
This has taken my passion away from working in the healthcare industry all together. We all need to stand united and not let the mainstream media brainwash us any longer with the vaxxed vs the unvaxxed! When is this control and coercion going to stop? When are we going to get our freedoms back? Stay safe and take care of yourselves and each other!