Date: October 01, 2021 07:01PM
Playing Devil's Advocate: I can understand the "informed consent" argument. Every day medical workers encounter people who must choose between two or more alternative treatments, or who decide to decline treatment altogether. Speaking personally, my own elderly mother turned down a necessary surgery because she just didn't care to subject herself to that. Her body, her life, her choice.
So I can see a nurse feeling strongly that any medical treatment that does not directly impact patients should be left to personal choice. Since even vaccinated people can test positive and pass the the virus on to others, it might be considered a weak argument that having medical personnel vaccinated would protect patients.
I'm also mindful that vaccinations can go wrong. A good example is the Swine Flu vaccination, a "warp speed" production promoted by President Gerald Ford:https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/05/01/vaccine-swine-flu-coronavirus/
You could also argue that a drug such as Thalidomide was widely prescribed before its horrible propensity to cause life-altering birth defects was discovered:https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21507989/
I think for my friend who is a former surgical tech who worked with trauma patients, she just feels that she is (ridiculously) healthy and that she would prefer to take her chances with Covid than a vaccination that has been in existence for less than two years.
Of course, I disagree with that, but she has seen a lot more people in truly dire medical situations than I ever will, and I'm reluctant to say that she is wrong about what she does or does not want to put into her own body.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/01/2021 07:03PM by summer.