As a result of his refusal to be vaccinated against COVID-19, a Santa Barbara County doctor is speaking out against the statewide mandate that health-care employees submit proof of immunization, which takes effect on September 30.
Dr. Mark Abate, a hematologist and oncologist, is one of the few medical professionals who has chosen to remain uninfected despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the current rise in cases caused by the rapidly spreading delta variant.
'I am personally opposed to the present vaccination and testing mandates that are affecting health care workers and professionals in the State of California.' I am personally opposed to any type of vaccination compulsion or passport requirement. The Independent reported on Wednesday that he believes they are divisive and cause far more harm than good.
For a variety of reasons, an estimated ten percent of the county's health-care employees are still not vaccinated, and the mandated vaccine could present a problem for them at the end of the month if they do not comply with the law. They may be compelled to quit their jobs if they don't obtain the vaccinations or find a means to get a medical or religious exemption to the requirement.
According to scientific reports and official government directives, the rules are intended to protect both frontline workers and patients by minimizing the likelihood of contracting a severe form of COVID-19 infection and hospitalization, as well as preventing hospitalization and death.
Abate, a physician who has worked at Sansum Medical Clinic, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, and Ridley-Tree Cancer Center for more than 33 years, would prefer not to comply with the vaccination requirement because of his personal convictions, which are based on medical and religious principles.
Abate stated that he is not an anti-vaxxer in a recent interview. In reality, the majority of his family, friends, and coworkers had already received the vaccinations. According to him, it all boils down to giving each individual the option of accepting or refusing vaccinations. For the first time in years, I was able to practice because I hadn't been vaccinated yet." As of September 30, I will no longer be considered safe if I do not have the required vaccination," he continued.
To ensure that he can continue reporting to work, the cancer specialist is currently working on obtaining a religious exemption from the government. Even if he were to get vaccinated, he acknowledged that the system would still be unjust to him and the other doctors who have refused to participate. Unvaccinated health care employees will be tested twice a week, in accordance with federal regulations. They would be given permission to continue working if the tests came back negative.
Abate claimed that the system would be a sort of "discrimination" against the unvaccinated because all those who had the vaccinations would not be subjected to regular testing. It was his opinion that everyone should be tested if the government was truly concerned about safety.
After being denied a religious exemption, Abate has two alternative options available to him. He stated that if he is rejected the first one, he intends to seek a medical exemption. If he is refused both, he will be unable to perform his profession in any part of the state for the rest of his life. And as a result, he would have no choice but to consider taking the matter to court.
In the midst of mandatory vaccination campaigns around the country, an increasing number of people are obtaining religious exemptions in order to avoid being vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2. According to the Associated Press, some 2,600 Los Angeles Police Department employees are claiming religious objections in order to avoid the mandates.
Following the implementation of vaccination regulations, public health professionals saw that a significant number of people in the country sought refuge through religious exemption. Because of this, it has become the most often used loophole in the anti-vaccination movement.
As a result of new vaccine mandates implemented by U.S. President Joe Biden, which affect millions of people who work for the government and other businesses, the demand for religious exemptions is expected to increase significantly in the coming months. Others may also seek medical objections to the vaccinations, citing specific medical issues as justification for refusing the shots.
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