In the wake of Boris Johnson’s decision a couple weeks back to scrap most Covid-19 restrictions in the UK, one policy remained in place: mandatory vaccination requirements for healthcare workers.
Even though most of the public would no longer be required to #MaskUp and #VaxUp, healthcare workers were still required to get the shot. But now even that rule is set to be done away with–and it’s because the healthcare workers refused to comply:
Health secretary Sajid Javid has been facing pressure to scrap the requirement for health workers in England to be vaccinated by April amid fears it will lead to a major staffing crisis.
80,000 healthcare workers refused to comply, and they won.
Mr Javid is set to meet ministers on the Covid-Operations Cabinet committee on Monday to confirm the U-turn, according to The Telegraph.
The government is said to be comfortable ending the policy because Omicron is milder than previous variants during the pandemic.
Suggesting a change was on the way, he told Sky News: “What we know about Omicron is it is much more transmissible but less severe – any decision that is taken this week will reflect that reality.
A government that is actually following the science. Imagine that.
Nadra Ahmed, chairwoman of the National Care Association, told BBC Breakfast she was “frustrated” and “saddened for all the people who may have lost their jobs needlessly” owing to the introduction of mandatory vaccination – which may soon be scrapped by the government.
They should all be re-hired immediately. The ones who–justifiably–have no interest in going back to work for a government that mistreated them so egregiously should be awarded some sort of compensation for damages, and be given priority in job training and hiring for whatever career they choose to pursue going forward.
The UK’s government is not perfect. Not by any stretch. But it is far superior to America’s government.
At least the UK’s government has shown a propensity to actually care about “the science,” and has displayed a modicum of compassion for the human beings it rules over.
In the UK, they think, “Well, if we continue with this policy, it means we’ll have to fire 80,000 healthcare workers. Probably best to just scrap the policy, then.”
In America, the government’s official position is, “Anyone that refuses the vaccine deserves to have their life ruined.”
If not for 6 Justices on our Supreme Court, that official position would now be the law of the land.
We truly do have one of the very worst governments on the planet. Our government goes out of its way to be as evil and malicious as possible.