Amid ambulance shortage, unvaccinated B.C. medics say they want to get back to work – CBC

Union says 82 paramedics were terminated for vaccination status, filed grievances on their behalf

Oct 07, 2022

Michael Dunbar has spent the past year working as a medic at an industrial site near Kamloops, B.C., standing by his decision that cost him his job at B.C. Ambulance Service.

He says he never disclosed his COVID-19 vaccination status to his employer, which led to his termination when immunization mandates went into effect for provincial health-care workers.

“It was pretty devastating to lose the opportunity,” he told CBC News, noting it was a personal choice not to get vaccinated.

“And here were are on the tail end [of the pandemic] and we’re still not able to work if we’re not vaccinated.”

Dunbar is one of many paramedics who lost their job as a result of vaccination status — and who are eager to get back to work for provincial health, watching as vaccination requirements ease in other provinces.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/unvaccinated-medics-bc-get-back-to-work-1.6607357

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