Care home worker, 30, will 'give up job rather than get Covid vaccine'

Care home worker, 30, says she will give up her job rather than be vaccinated against Covid

  • Rebecca Parsons, 30, told ‘get jab or lose your job’ at Stoke-on-Trent care home 
  • Mother-of-one says immune system is already strong enough to combat Covid
  • Comes after studies suggested staff helped spread Covid-19 across care homes

A care home worker has said she would rather lose her job than receive the mandated Covid-19 vaccine – claiming her immune system is strong enough to combat the disease.

Rebecca Parsons, 30, says she is being ’emotionally blackmailed’ to get the jab after the Stoke-on-Trent care home where she works essentially told her to ‘get vaccinated or lose your job’. 

It comes after new Government rules announced by Health Secretary Sajid Javid state that all care home workers must have their first dose by September 16 and be fully vaccinated by November 11 – unless they are medically exempt.   

Mother-of-one Ms Parsons, who has worked in care for five years and who describes herself as an actor on social media, said there have not been trials into whether there are long-term effects related to the jab.

She said: ‘I just don’t want it. I’ve got no problem with people who do have it. I just believe in people’s choice.

‘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. 

Rebecca Parsons (pictured), 30, says she is being ’emotionally blackmailed’ to get the jab after the Stoke-on-Trent care home where she works essentially told her to ‘get vaccinated or lose your job’.

‘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 comes after the full scale of the pandemic’s devastation on care homes was laid bare in July this year as figures showed Covid killed more than 39,000 residents.

Over half of the deaths occurred in the first three months of the crisis, while 152 care homes across England recorded deaths of at least 20 residents, the Care Quality Commission revealed.  

Meanwhile in March, a University College London study found that the Kent Covid variant was quietly tearing through England’s care homes from December 2020 – and that staff may have played a role in spreading it among residents.

Researchers found the strain accounted for 60 per cent of positive cases in care home staff and residents analysed between November 5 and December 17.

Experts said the timings suggested care home staff may have passed on the variant to residents and seeded outbreaks, with the majority of older people struck down with the mutant strain testing positive for it later in the year. 

Following the publication of the research, it was revealed that the Government was considering making it a legal requirement for NHS and care home staff to have the jab.

But organisations representing care firms warned that the move could backfire and see workers like Ms Parsons quit rather than agree to get vaccinated.

Ms Parsons (pictured), who has worked in care for five years and who describes herself as an actor on social media, said there have not been trials into the long-term effects of the vaccine

Ms Parsons – who has a 10-year-old son – revealed earlier this year that she was sexually abused from the age of six and said the vaccination ultimatum has brought back her anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.

She 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.’

She added: ‘It’s sad that I can’t spread my happiness onto a vulnerable person due to me not wanting this vaccine.  

‘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.’ 

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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