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(LifeSiteNews) — Though Democrat politicians are rapidly throwing out increasingly unpopular COVID jab mandates ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, many ordinary Americans, including frontline healthcare workers, still face termination for refusing to get the experimental drugs.

Last week, one Idaho nurse’s heartfelt Instagram message went viral when she explained that she faced imminent termination for refusing the shot, and asked followers whether they had any “leads” on other nursing positions that would not require her to get the abortion-tainted jab.

Rineke Lewis, a registered nurse (RN) with St. Luke’s Hospital System in Boise, Idaho, said in a March 8 Instagram post that her exemption to the mandatory vaccination rule had been revoked and her religious exemption request denied.

Along with “many other health care workers in my boat,” Lewis said she anticipated receiving “a written warning followed by termination” for bucking the jab requirement.

Lewis told LifeSite Wednesday night the hospital is set to present her with a written warning on Monday. Those who have not gotten the first jab by March 25 will be fired.

In her social media post last week, which she also shared on her Facebook page generating hundreds of comments, Lewis explained that she was “all for” vaccinations in general, but has “had a hard time with the push [and] force of this one.”

Noting that she has witnessed firsthand the “terrible things” both COVID-19 and the experimental jabs can do, Lewis said she has “made the decision” not to get the shot and must now “live with the repercussions of it.”

“[I]t’s just crazy to me since it has been proven that forcing this is not going to change anything,” Lewis said, adding that she is no more “dangerous to be around than someone with the [COVID shot].”

Public health experts have widely acknowledged the jabs don’t stop the spread of the virus, leading many to question the ethics and legitimacy of mandating the injections.

Concluding her post, Lewis reached out to those who might know of an available job opening, writing, “if anyone knows of somewhere looking for nurses in my situation [I] would love any leads.”

St. Luke’s Hospital System in Boise, which encompasses nine hospitals employing over 15,000 people, announced its employee jab mandate in July 2021.

All employees, providers, volunteers, and contractors were required to get the first jab by September 1, though options were provided for employees to apply for religious and medical exemptions.

St. Luke’s did not immediately respond to LifeSite’s request for comment.

Since the rollout of the COVID-19 shots in late 2020, many healthcare workers, law enforcement officers, firefighters, and others who were hailed as frontline heroes during the pandemic have since been fired, forced out, or placed on unpaid leave for refusing to get the jabs for medical, religious, or other reasons.


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