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Staffing shortage fears intensify as government, healthcare workers risk livelihoods to fight vaccine mandates
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Police and firefighter unions, medical professionals and teachers are fighting against President Biden’s and local officials’ vaccine mandates, saying that America is a country of freedom and they will not comply with government overreach.
"Over the past couple of weeks, the idea of forced vaccination has caused much concern across the entire country," Riverside County, California, Sheriff Chad Bianco said in a statement released Monday. "I will not enforce the vaccine mandate on Sheriff's Department employees."
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Biden announced last week that companies with more than 100 employees must require vaccinations or weekly coronavirus testing, which affects as many as 100 million Americans. Employers who break the rules could face fines of $14,000 per violation.
"The government has no ability and no authority to mandate your health choices," Bianco continued. "As your sheriff, I have an obligation to guard your liberty and freedom."
Bianco’s comments are emblematic of the sentiment of many police officials, nursing groups, firefighters and teachers across the nation who are trying to hit the brakes on the government mandating vaccinations or face termination.
Some have even decided to walk off the job. Nurses in a maternity ward at a hospital in upstate New York resigned over the state's vaccine mandate, forcing the hospital to temporarily halt all baby deliveries after Sept. 24.
While in Alabama, medical professionals are bracing for a worsened staffing shortage over Biden's federal vaccine mandate if vaccine hesitant employees quit rather than comply.
"So what we want to see is everybody get vaccinated, and we want that to happen in a way that doesn’t force people to make a dichotomous choice to either stay in health care and get vaccinated or get out of the health care system," president of the Alabama Hospital Association, Dr. Don Williamson, told WSFA, noting that the staffing shortages in the state are already "dire."
Other local leaders in areas such as California and New York have also issued vaccine mandates in their jurisdictions with penalties such as termination.
Resistance to the mandates, however, has intensified since Biden’s announcement. The world's largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers, the National Fraternal Order of Police, issued a statement emphasizing vaccination is a "personal decision."
"It is the position of the National FOP that vaccinations work to prevent people from becoming infected by or transmitting COVID-19," the National Fraternal Order of Police said in a press release Monday.
"However, the National FOP asserts that whether or not to accept the vaccine is a personal decision that our members should make for themselves after consultation with their doctor or other medical professionals. We will continue to be engaged with the Administration, Governors, and other elected leaders on these matters as vaccine and testing policies are implemented at every level of government."
In New York, the issue of government mandates has raged and was put on full display Monday, when a massive protest organized by Teachers for Choice was held in Foley Square, and continued onto the Brooklyn Bridge.