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WINCHESTER, Virginia (LifeSiteNews) — An Emergency Room nurse fired for not taking the shot after his religious exemption was denied has spoken candidly to LifeSiteNews about what he saw on the so-called frontlines during the COVID-19 crisis. 

In a video interview published yesterday, former Valley Health System nurse Brad McDowell spoke to LifeSite correspondent Jim Hale about the contrast between what he has witnessed and the story being told by the media regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. 


“The narrative that we’re being told didn’t really line up with reality,” McDowell stated. “Most people of working age aren’t of a risk [for contracting COVID].” 

Addressing the COVID vaccine lobby’s position that receiving the experimental jab is doing your obligatory part “for humanity,” McDowell said that the potential benefits don’t outweigh the risks associated with receiving the injections. 

“I have a family,” he said. “And what good am I to my family if I get injured from a vaccine?” 

The vaccines, which have been touted by the media and public health officials around the world as “safe and effective” have been linked to millions of injuries worldwide and, in at least a few tens of thousands of cases, death.  

Per the World Health Organization’s own database for logging vaccine adverse effects, the COVID-19 vaccines have been linked to over 2 million adverse effects in 2021 alone. 

More alarming, the WHO data shows that young people aged 18-44 are the group with the highest reported incidences of COVID vaccine related injury, whereas the risk of them dying from COVID, barring those with comorbidities, is close to zero 

Additionally, according to European Union (EU) data, the abortion-tainted shots have been linked to over 20,000 deaths in that part of the world, with more than 1 million “serious” injuries reported in those countries since the start of the vaccine rollout.  

Specifically, the “FDA-approved” Pfizer jab, per the EU data, has potentially caused a whopping 22,844 blood disorders, 148,477 nervous system disorders, and 910 adverse events related to “pregnancy, puerperium and perinatal conditions.” 

Prefacing McDowell’s further comments, LifeSite’s Jim Hale tells viewers that the healthcare worker shortage, which officials claim is due to the stress on the system created by the COVID virus, in reality is a symptom of the strict vaccine mandates that have been imposed, leading to the resignation and firing of thousands of healthcare professionals nationwide.  

“They can’t open a bed that they don’t have a nurse and a tech to staff,” McDowell told LifeSiteNews, confirming Hale’s statement. “I can tell you that all those beds [at Valley Health] are not open, and I know that for a fact.”  

“There are beds closed, and they’re saying they’re … at capacity, but it’s not because there’s not enough beds,” he continued.

“It’s not because of the patient load. It’s because of the [diminished] workforce load.” 

McDowell’s religious exemption was denied despite the hospital already facing a worker shortage that has led to patients being turned away and sent to other hospitals.”

The professional nurse cannot reconcile the claim made by the health system that the vaccine mandates are for the health and safety of patients with the system’s mandate-caused inability to care for all those who enter the hospital in need of treatment.  

“If you think about it, you have the political elite, the media elite, the people at the highest levels of the CDC, the pharmaceutical industry, they are running, they run the whole narrative,” stated McDowell. 

“They’re the ones pushing it, they’re the ones who benefit the most from everyone taking a vaccine,” he explained. 

The shortage at Valley Health System in Virginia is not an isolated problem according to other whistleblowers in the country.  

Last month, the husband of a former nurse in upstate New York, who left her post after refusing to comply with vaccine coercion, told LifeSite the same shortage is occurring in their state, which led to the closure of the entire maternity ward at his wife’s ex-hospital. 

As reported by LifeSite, as many as 94,000 healthcare workers are facing termination in New York as a result of the statewide mandate, leaving many questioning if the measures are really about health. 

McDowell, in a final statement of encouragement, told other people facing dictatorial COVID mandates to, “Stand your ground; I know everybody has financial obligations… I do too… Put your faith in God,”  

“Stand your ground, and a way will be made for you.” 

LifeSiteNews has produced an extensive COVID-19 vaccines resources page. View it here.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated.