Care worker bursts into tears after final shift before Covid vaccine deadline

A caregiver shared an emotional video after their last shift as a caregiver.

Louise Akester lost her job after refusing to receive the coronavirus vaccine.

Her contract was terminated because the government made it mandatory for all caregivers in nursing homes – who have no medical exemptions – to be stabbed twice starting November 11th.

The 36-year-old mother worked at Alderson House for three years and has been in the care sector for 14 years. Hull live reports.

In the video filmed on Friday afternoon, the 36-year-old’s tears flow as she speaks within minutes of finishing her very last shift.

Louise Akester says in the video: “It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do, saying goodbye to everyone, to all of the people I’ve looked after for so long, the people I’ve worked with. It was so emotional That is so unfair.

“I just can’t believe what the damn government is doing to us, I just don’t get it, I don’t get it.”

“The residents in there are crying their eyes out,” she adds later in the video.

While Louise refused to get vaccinated that fall, she was tested for Covid three times a week as part of her job requirements, wore PPE equipment and followed “all infection control guidelines”.

Louise Akester sees the situation as “unfair” for caregivers like her who are reluctant to be vaccinated, as nursing home residents and their visitors do not also need to be vaccinated by the government.

Louise Akester is not ruling out a longer term vaccination but does not intend to get vaccinated now.

She said she had no idea what she would be doing after her last shift as a caregiver.

However, due to the government’s plans to make the Covid vaccine mandatory for all NHS workers, this has deterred them from taking this potential path.

The Hull native represents the lives of the roughly 40,000 nursing home workers in England who will lose their jobs by November 11th for choosing not to get double vaccinated.

“I was inundated with messages of support and gratitude,” said Louise last week.

“They made contact from all over the country, not just Hull.

“Some people in the Hull area want to meet in the future and share our experiences.

“It’s nice to know that I’m not alone, that other people are in my shoes.

“I wish we had something much nicer in common, but it is what it is.”

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