Illinois Healthcare Workers Protest Against COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

EVANSTON, Ill.—It was David Smith’s first protest, and he never thought it would be against the hospital system where he had risked his own life to save others. A 34-year veteran medical professional, Smith served AIDS patients in the 90s, swine flu patients in 2009, and COVID-19 patients in the last two years. He caught COVID-19 last July, endured six weeks of headache and high blood pressure, and reported back to work at NorthShore University HealthSystem in May because they asked him for help, he said. “I help people. It’s my job,” Smith told The Epoch Times. In August, NorthShore ordered 17,000 employees and contractors at all six hospitals to get fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by Oct. 31; non-vaccinated workers or workers whose exemptions are denied are to be suspended on Nov. 1 and fired on Dec. 1, according to an internal memo obtained by The Epoch Times. Smith submitted …

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