An anti-vaccine carer who believes her immune system is already strong enough to overcome Covid says she is being “emotionally blackmailed” by the Government.
Rebecca Parsons, 30, says she has been given the ultimatum – “get vaccinated or lose your job” – at the Stoke-on-Trent care home where she works.
New Government rules mean all care home workers, except those on an exemption list, must have their first Covid jab by September 16 and be fully vaccinated by November 11.
But Rebecca, a single mum, says she does not want the jab – and is worried because there hasn’t been many trials into the long-term effects of having the vaccine.
She told StokeonTrentLive : “I just don’t want it. I’ve got no problem with people who do have it. I just believe in people’s choice.
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“I’m almost being emotionally blackmailed to have it to keep the job that I love. You are being made to feel selfish for putting yourself first and it’s just not right.
“I love the residents and they love me and if I lose my job they are losing out as well. I will be very sad if I leave.
“I’ve been doing it since my dad passed away. If they let me go from here then a lot of care homes will be the same.
“It’s sad that I can’t spread my happiness onto a vulnerable person due to me not wanting this vaccine.
“I am a happy and positive person and the residents love that, I’ve bonded with them. It would be ideal that the judgement would be gone.
“My employer is doing everything in their power to support me and to try to help me stay within my job. I’m lucky to work for such a supportive company.”
Rebecca, who has a 10-year-old son, revealed earlier this year that she was sexually abused from the age of six.
She says the vaccination ultimatum has brought back her anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Rebecca, a care worked for five years, added: “They are trying to implement it on everybody. It’s my human right and choice not to have the vaccine.
“It’s kicking up the effects from the abuse I suffered and it’s mentally abusing me. When I was little I had no choices, my abuser took it from me.
“You wouldn’t put a vaccination and child sexual abuse together but it’s kicking off anxieties in me not having a choice with my own body.
“It’s set me back and I feel like I am being abused again and I can’t cope with it.
“My little boy is relying on me for support so I am scared that if I lose my job I will have no income. My lifestyle will turn upside down if I lose this job.
“It’s your human right to have a choice and if they take that away, what have you got? You are left with your body not being yours.”
New Government rules state that anyone working in a CQC-registered care home in England must have had two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine by November 11 unless they have a medical exemption.
A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman said: “Vaccines save lives and while staff and residents in care homes have been prioritised and the majority are now vaccinated, it is our responsibility to do everything we can to reduce the risk for the most vulnerable in our society.
“Following extensive public consultation we have listened to the experiences and concerns of both providers and people living and working in care homes to help shape our approach.
“We continue to work with the care sector to encourage adult social care and care home staff to get vaccinated in local areas where vaccine uptake is lower so that care homes are able to comply with the new regulations which come into force in November.”
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