One woman has some concerns about the vaccine because she’s trying to get pregnant. She was fired for refusing to get it.
Bonnie Jacobson, 34, started working at the Red Hook Tavern in Brooklyn in August but is now unemployed. She was terminated from her job because she is concerned about the impact of the COVID-19 vaccine on fertility. Jacobson insists that she is not an “anti-vaxxer” but has some concerns about the vaccine in relation to pregnancy because of the short testing period and that it wasn’t tested on pregnant women.
While there are numerous fact-checks that state that the coronavirus vaccines don’t cause infertility, there are still some unknowns because many times women — especially pregnant women — are excluded from clinical trials over safety concerns.
The government of the United Kingdom is not recommending the vaccine to pregnant women at this time. Their pamphlet has even recommended delaying the second dose of the vaccine if a woman becomes pregnant between the two doses.
But that’s not the case in the United States. The FDA has deemed the vaccine safe.
Jacobson had to delay getting pregnant because she was laid off of her job before the stint at Red Hook Tavern and she doesn’t want to be forced to delay again.
Here is the NBC 4 New York report with a legal expert opining that an employer requiring employees to get the COVID vaccine is totally legit:
Jacobson received an email from her employer notifying employees that the vaccine was available but not required.
Jacobson said she told her manager during a staff meeting that she wanted more time to research the vaccine and said her manager initially understood her concerns, telling her she would not be required to get the shot.
But the Brooklyn tavern changed its mind days later on February 12 and sent workers and email noting the vaccines were mandatory.
‘Please be advised that we will require that all employees receive the vaccination,’ notes the email.
‘This will be mandatory for all existing employees and any new hires. The exception to this policy will be if your own personal health or disability prohibits you from obtaining this vaccination. We encourage you to consult your healthcare professional to determine if getting a vaccine is right for you.’
Jacobson then emailed her employers on Saturday and said that she did not yet want to get the vaccine, which she said she ‘fully supports.’
‘I am choosing not to get the vaccine because there just isn’t enough data or research at this point on its effects on fertility,’ she wrote to her boss.
‘While I fully support the vaccine and understand its importance I do believe this is a very personal choice. I really hope this choice would not affect my employment at Red Hook Tavern.’
She noted that she takes many precautions including getting tested for COVID-19 every 1-2 weeks, and is willing to continue doing this “as long as necessary.” She added, “once there is more research to support that it does not affect fertility I would reconsider my position.”
Not good enough, apparently. She received an email on Monday noting her “very personal choice” and that they “respected” her decision to not get vaccinated, but they’ve made it clear that the vaccine is mandatory.
‘In order to continue employment with us, getting the vaccine is required. At this time your employment will be terminated. We are sad to see you go. If you do change your mind, please do not hesitate to let us know,’ the company wrote.
Jacobson said her concerns were sparked when she saw articles online indicating vaccines could cause infertility. After further research, most of what she saw was debunked, she acknowledged.
‘The research does say there is no evidence to support it does cause fertility. But there is not enough data to say it doesn’t,’ she said.
‘As a 34-year-old woman, why take the risk right now when I can just wait a little longer when there are people a lot older and more at risk who could use the vaccine more than I could right now?’
She added: ‘My dad is 68 years old and lives in Pennsylvania and has diabetes, there’s no reason why I should be getting that before him.’
Source: Daily Mail
Jacobson says that despite all the hullaballoo, she hasn’t been offered her job back. But then, she wouldn’t accept it if she did.
Do you blame her?