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Letter: The vaccination card debate — the choice is yours

Editor: It has been reported that two-thirds of Royal Inland Hospital emergency room nurses have left their jobs or may have quit the profession altogether.
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Editor:

It has been reported that two-thirds of Royal Inland Hospital emergency room nurses have left their jobs or may have quit the profession altogether.

Who can blame them?

COVID-19 has caused overcrowding, long waits for non-COVID treatments — some as long as two years — and fear of sickness and death from COVID-19 exposure. No doubt the entire hospital staff share this concern.

We all know the solution, but some have no regard for the health of their fellow Canadians and they refuse to get vaccinated.

We are not allowed to hunt, fish, drive, practise medicine or law, draw water from a waterway, construct a building, cut a tree or run a business without a permit.

We are not allowed to cross a border without a permit.

Most of these regulations are to protect the public in some way.

Vaccinations are just another permit allowing the permit holder safe passage, good health and protection for their fellow Canadians, their families, their children and their babies from the disease.

You have a choice not to fish, not to drive and not to be vaccinated.

Many governments and private employers have made vaccination mandatory for employment in their organizations, save for those with valid exemptions.

You have a choice not to work for these employers.

Regrettably, COVID-19 is driving us apart.

Steve Barnes

Kamloops