A disabled man has slammed a flu-infected support worker who refused to wear a mask while driving him to get a Covid vaccine.
Australian TikTok user, @acav4114 from Queensland, posted a video Friday after a run-in with a “selfish” disability support worker.
The woman was meant to drive him to get his jab but when she arrived she told him she had the flu and had been suffering with the illness for a week.
She hadn’t been tested or vaccinated for Covid despite knowing she would be transporting someone at high risk from the virus.
Her decision to not get jabbed was because she was “concerned about what it might do”, he said.
The woman also told the immunocompromised man it was over a year since she had a flu booster shot.
He asked her to wear a mask when talking to him due to his condition, but she claimed she couldn’t because she was having breathing difficulties.
The TikTok user told her “if you’re sick you shouldn’t have come here”.
In the video, the man said: ‘I’m immunocompromised, I’ve been in the ICU twice because of the flu… on top of that they highly recommend you don’t get your vaccine if you could have another viral infection.”
He accused the worker of being “blasé about sickness and flu” and slammed her for being irresponsible when working with “vulnerable people with disabilities”.
‘If you’re going to be a disability or a health care worker, you have to adhere to the guidelines, care about the people you work for, and think about it instead of yourself,’ he said.
‘And if you can’t handle a jab in the arm with a vaccine cause of your conspiracy theory pot smoking buddies, then don’t work in healthcare just f*** off.’
TikTok users agreed with the poster, calling her “selfish” and said she was putting him at risk.
“I’m angry for you. How selfish is she? Why does she think it’s ok to put you at risk like that,” one person said. “I’m sorry she has potential [sic] put you in harms way”.
Others suggested he report the issue to the relevant authorities or her employer.
“Please please please make a formal complaint about it. If you are a support work you have to think about everyone else in your care first”, another said.
One user suggested: “Please put in a complaint. It doesn’t matter if it’s a cold of Covid, if you are working with vulnerable people, you need to do the right thing”.
Another user, who said she was a support worker, said healthcare staff are expected to go to work when unwell.
“I am a support worker, I don’t go to work when sick, but being so understaffed, we’re expected to work unless we’re dying”‘, she said.
The Australian Government “strongly recommend” disability support workers take the vaccine, but are yet to make them mandatory, the MailOnline reports.
Queensland say they will provide Pfizer vaccines to disability support workers as a priority.