Pharmacist is anti-vax, objects to giving immunizations

I admit, this gave me a headache.

Pharmacist who worked in Ontario sues Walgreens over vaccination rule.

Edwin DeWitt worked in Ontario for about five years before his refusal to give immunizations prompted a fight with the company that is headed for a jury trial.

DeWitt has practiced Kriya Yoga and followed its tenets since about 1986, when he was introduced to it in college, his lawyer said. One of the general tenets is “to do no harm to himself or any other person,” the lawsuit says. Kriya Yoga considers “injectable substances, including medicines … to be toxic and harmful to the human body,” according to the suit.

DeWitt started working for Walgreens in Ontario in 2005 and was promoted to pharmacy manager in late 2007. His lawyer, Guy Hallam of Boise’s Kormanik Hallam & Sneed firm, said Walgreens never denied the legitimacy of DeWitt’s religious objection, but failed to accommodate his beliefs in violation of federal law.


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This type of personal beliefs dispute comes up with regards to the dispensing of sell morning-after pills. And, apparently, lawsuits also have been filed that allege discrimination against people who refused compulsory vaccinations.

Many states have passed “conscience clause” laws. But where is the line between doing your job, which is serving the public, and your personal beliefs (in this case, are unfounded in science)? If this guy thinks medicines are toxic, he is in the WRONG profession. Don’t sue your employer who is doing the reasonable thing, get the hell out of the job! SHEESH.

  4 comments for “Pharmacist is anti-vax, objects to giving immunizations

  1. Massachusetts
    May 25, 2012 at 8:24 AM

    He’s definitely in the wrong profession!

  2. SueW
    May 26, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Injecting toxic beliefs into people’s minds is harmful.

  3. Donald
    May 30, 2012 at 1:00 AM

    There’s probably some unintentional errors in this story.

    Although the text doesn’t specify Ontario Canada, nor does the linked original story, the related story and tag links do.

    Walgreen’s does not operate in the province of Ontario Canada.

    Pharmacists in Ontario Canada do not give injectable vaccinations. Injectable vaccinations are given at Dr’s offices and community health clinics by nurses, nurse practitioners and doctors.

  4. May 30, 2012 at 1:37 AM

    At least Marcus Ross seems to have pulled that gag with an obvious plan in mind (use paleontology credentials against paleontology). This is just stupid.

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