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Letter: BCNU's stance on vaccination mandate is unfortunate

The BCNU does not want to be responsible for the shortage, but sooner or later, we may have to sacrifice lives to overcome the problem
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Editor:

I’m saddened that the BC Nurses’ Union will not support the mandate that all members be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The press tells us the reason is the union fears it will cause resignations and a further shortage of nurses. So be it.

The BCNU does not want to be responsible for the shortage, but sooner or later, we may have to sacrifice lives to overcome the problem.

It is happening already, certainly in Kamloops. The shortage is causing death. People are dying from COVID-19. People are dying or suffering permanent damage due to deferred elective surgeries.

The nursing shortage will result in many more deaths. Anti-vaxxers, those responsible for the shortage, will suffer more deaths than the vaccinated. That will be the price of their misguided freedom.

Perhaps we need emergency legislation, perhaps a temporary 50 per cent or equivalent increase in the pay rate of medical practitioners, financed by our taxes — all of us, including anti-vaxxers.

If you think special tax assessment is extreme, remember that we will pay it eventually as a hidden expense.

Think how you would feel about it while gasping your very last COVID-19 breath, leaving your children to be raised by the province — or maybe it is your child who dies.

It is up to BCNU. The union’s majority should prevail. Next, it is up to Premier John Horgan and we taxpayers.

Steve Barnes

Kamloops