Midwives who would rather quit their jobs than get vaccinated against COVID-19 are urging the Government to rethink its vaccine mandate for the health workforce.
But COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins isn’t budging, saying it’s essential that people who work with children are vaccinated in order to keep them safe.
Ten of Taranaki District Health Board’s 63 registered midwives have said they won’t be getting vaccinated against the deadly disease, effectively ending their careers.
This may in fact increase the safety of maternity services in Taranaki.
Don’t get me wrong. The vast majority (over 95%) of midwives are great and do a superb job. But there is a small fraction who regard medical intervention as “unnatural” and don’t call for assistance in time when a birth becomes complicated, and this often has tragic results. I suspect there is a big crossover between that small fraction and the small fraction who refuse to be vaccinated.