Video of a California nurse being recently escorted out of her place of employment purportedly for being unvaccinated is going mega-viral on social media.
The video shows the nurse being escorted out of the building by security and other hospital personnel.
The nurse, who does not identify herself but revealed she works for Kaiser Permanente, explained the hospital had denied her request for a religious exemption to the COVID-19 vaccine.
"I am being escorted out of Kaiser Permanente Hospital for my religious beliefs because I don't want to get the jab," she said. "And I asked all day for someone to explain to me why my sincerely held religious beliefs are not good enough for Kaiser. And no one was able to do that for me."
"So now they're escorting me out because I wanted an answer," she explained. "And I'm not leaving without an answer. I have some nurses here who are standing with me in solidarity, and I appreciate that."
"I just want all of you to count the costs," she said. "I want you to watch this and think, what really matters to me? Because I am willing to lose my safety and security, my house, everything, for my freedom. And I want you to think about that."
The nurse later explained she was placed on unpaid administrative leave, but human resources did not explain why her religious exemption was rejected.
As the security guard escorted the nurse to her car, she pointed out the irony of the entire situation: Whereas nurses and other "frontline" workers were hailed as heroes last year, now they're being fired for not complying with COVID-19 vaccine mandates — despite being willing workers amid a labor shortage.
Kaiser announced in August its employees would be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine or receive a medical or religious exemption.
The company, which is headquartered in California, began placing unvaccinated employees without an exemption on leave last month. Employees placed on leave have until December to get vaccinated or receive an exemption before being officially fired.
Four weeks ago, the number of suspended employees totaled more than 2,200, but Kaiser said that number was decreasing.
"This number is declining daily, and as employees respond, they may return to work," Kaiser said in a statement. "Those not responding have until Dec. 1, 2021, to do so, to be able to return to work."