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My Job or the Jab - One Nurse’s Story (Guest: Nancy Hossfeld Cuzman)

October 7, 2021

Imagine losing your job because your employer was forcing you to do something to your body you didn’t feel was safe. Nurses around the country are leaving their jobs en masse because they are choosing not to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Nancy Cuzman, R.N., a 26-year veteran, lost her job at Tucson Medical Center because she decided the risks of the COVID-19 vaccine outweighed the benefits. As a 26-year veteran, Cuzman is not against vaccines, but she feels there are too many uncertainties about safety and effectiveness.  

The hospital system gave employees an ultimatum: get the shot by September 1 or be considered “resigned.” Cuzman wrote a detailed letter asking for an exemption to no avail. She said it will be difficult to find a replacement job because most health care providers require the COVID-19 shots.  She believes her former employer will fight her claim for unemployment benefits.  The hospital system did not respond to an email request for answers.  

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AnneMarie Schieber is a research fellow at The Heartland Institute and managing editor of Health Care News, Heartland's monthly newspaper for health care reform. @HCPolicy