GREEN BAY, Wisconsin (NBC 26) – A nurse from Green Bay says she held patients’ hands, comforted them, and cried with their families.
Now she is stepping back.
“I’m losing all of this because I refuse to put something into my body that I don’t think is right for me at the moment,” said Hope Evelyn.
With the deadlines for the vaccination mandate for health workers approaching in northeastern Wisconsin, Evelyn is still unvaccinated.
Although her employer has granted a religious exemption, the 22-year-old resigns voluntarily.
“I shouldn’t be targeted or discriminated against for not being vaccinated and for having to take weekly tests that are paid out of my own pocket,” she said.
For security reasons, Evelyn decided not to use her full name for the interview. But she says that without her, hospitals would already have a number of patients.
We still have staff shortages, “she said.
Attorney Aurora Health was one of the first local systems to mandate vaccinations.
“We are first and foremost a safe, clinical company,” President and CEO Jim Skogsbergh told team members in an August 4th video.
“Our primary duty is to protect the health and safety of our team members, patients and communities.”
Prevea Health’s deadline expired on October 5th.
“Scientific data shows us that the current Covid-19 vaccines are not only safe but also effective in protecting people from contracting Covid-19 or being hospitalized with the virus,” said President and CEO Dr. Ashok Rai on August 4th.
But what’s next for Evelyn? She plans to continue her passion as a nurse by starting a nonprofit and running for the assembly woman.
“It would be great to educate people about their medication and make sure they are getting the proper follow-up and control they need,” she said. “And I think that’s something I’m really passionate about.”