Hundreds of West Australians gathered outside the WA Department of Health on Friday to protest the state’s decision to make COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for healthcare workers.
The directives issued last month include personnel providing services for health, medical, nursing, pathology, pharmaceutical and social works as well as administrative, security and other ancillary services. Failure to comply will result in a fine of up to $20,000.
People present from healthcare to construction and mining, according to marked white shirts adorned by some members of the crowd.
A nurse told The Epoch Times that she believed the decision to force employees to receive the jab was against the principles of healthcare.
“It’s coercion,” she said. “One of the foundations of health care is that consent must be given to care. You can’t forcibly treat someone – it’s just not health care.”
The nurse said she was concerned by insufficient evidence about the long-term safety of the vaccines, as not all available vaccines had completed clinical trials.
“It is something that we are all ready to lose jobs. All these professionals are willing to give up years of work. 15 years, 17 years, 20 years, look at the numbers on everybody’s shirts,” she said. Devastated to lose, but I’m not being forced to take an experimental drug.”
Western Australia currently faces a health care staff shortage, which will be exacerbated if workers leave for refusing to comply with mandates.
Protesters were joined by non-health workers, with a construction worker mandate that could eventually cover other industries.
“I’m not anti-vaccine, I’m a drug without a test,” he told The Epoch Times. “I’m here mainly because I’m worried about losing my job and what’s happening to the nurses. If we don’t stand up for each other, no one will be standing behind you when they come for you. “
A group of about 20 members of the “pro-vax” and “anti-fascist” movements also took part in the demonstrations. A spokeswoman for the group said she was in for compulsory vaccination, given the severity of the pandemic by the virus.
“We must do everything possible to save lives,” she said. “If that means lockdown, making our workplaces safer, then I think that includes vaccinations.”
The spokesperson, a member of the leftist, anti-capitalist group “Socialist Choice”, alleged that the “arrogant boys, associated with AV Yemeni” in the crowd were fascists and the majority were conspiracy theorists.
She also said she does not think protesters should be allowed to protest against the vaccine mandate because it promotes “selfish, anti-human ideas”.
A businessman who did not participate in the protest said he thought the protests should be allowed, and also that the mandate may be needed to ensure the safety of Australians against the pandemic.
“You’ve got freedom of speech,” he said, “that implementing vaccination has to go the way if we want to get out of this. Certainly, it’s absolutely the most ethical way of doing things.” Maybe not, but in the end, maybe this is the way to do it.”
Another passerby said he supports people’s own decisions.
“I think it should be your own choice,” he told The Epoch Times. “I think that mankind, we should all work together to protect each other—instead of being under one wing saying ‘You have to do this,’ ‘You have to do that.'”
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times