Firing health-care workers who refuse to vaccinate raises ethical concerns: experts – CBC

‘I get very uncomfortable with people being fired over this,’ says bioethicist Kerry Bowman

Oct 17, 2021

As workplace vaccine deadlines rapidly approach, thousands of unvaccinated Canadian health-care workers are having to decide whether to risk their jobs or to get the jab.

Some health-care workers in Ontario and British Columbia have been suspended without pay from their jobs due to not being vaccinated. Others are bracing for a similar fate when their province or territory’s vaccine deadline arrives.

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For bioethicist Kerry Bowman, these dismissals are concerning.

“I get very uncomfortable with people being fired over this,” he told Cross Country Checkup. “If there are other solutions that are reasonable, I think it would be good to pursue those first.”

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