Joyce Gingerich, an oncology nurse at IU Health Goshen Hospital, had two options — get a flu shot or lose her job.
It was a tough choice, but Gingerich and seven others at the hospital stood their ground and refused to receive the vaccination. Their last day of work was Tuesday.
“I knew that I could not compromise my personal belief system for a job,” explained Gingerich
The hospital requires staff, physicians, volunteers and vendors have flu shots unless they get a medical or religious exemption. A lawyer fought for their right to religious exemption but it was denied by the hospital and they were fired for their denial of the vaccine.
Gingerich does not discount the hospital’s position of wanting to protect patients from illness, but she said the flu vaccination is not right for her.
“We all have different faith walks,” said Gingerich, who describes herself as a nondenominational Christian. “I feel like in my personal faith walk, I have felt instructed not to get a flu vaccination, but it’s also the whole matter of the right to choose what I put in my body and what I feel God wants me to put in versus someone mandating what I put in. It is a very big issue for me.”
She puts religious freedom above patient care. Another nurse who refuses says her decision to refuse was God-led and she advocates natural healing. Both these women are in the wrong profession because it’s not about them or what they think, it’s about what works regardless if they like it or not. The same applies to pharmacists who refuse to administer certain medication because of their beliefs. It’s NOT YOUR CHOICE. I would personally be afraid to be treated by someone who has this sort of mindset and misunderstands vaccinations. It’s unscientific, it’s dangerous and it infringes on the patients rights not to be put into unnecessary harm.
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