Thousands of Alberta Health Services (AHS) employees have sent an open letter to their bosses demanding it drop its mandatory vaccination for staff policy.

The letter’s signators say they include both vaccinated and unvaccinated physicians, nurses, first responders and health care professionals that oppose the AHS requirement they are fully vaccinated by the end of October, or face job loss.

Citing the severe strain the health care system is currently facing, the signatories shared concerns about providing adequate patient care with the looming threat of potential loss of staff.

As of its release on September 20, 3,544 health care workers have signed the letter, saying they are “standing together in keeping the Alberta healthcare system operating at its greatest capacity to support the highest possible number of patients.”

Constitutional lawyer Carol Crosson represents the staff members who are seeking help in asserting their legal rights in relation to these mandates.

The letter lists a number of reasons why the signatories are opposed to the mandating of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Their concerns include what they say is the vaccine’s inability to prevent the contracting or spreading of COVID-19, weakening efficacy, lack of evidence or research into natural immunity versus vaccine immunity, and the growing number of vaccine injuries being reported to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) in the US.

“I’m working 10 to 15 hours a day,” Crosson said.

“These are unvaccinated employees, but they’re also vaccinated people standing up. They don’t want to be forced to do anything they don’t want to do and they shouldn’t have to.”

Crosson said that the stories she hears are taking a toll on her.

“Some evenings when I take a break from work, I sit and have a little cry for all those hurt by this.”

The letter says that mandatory vaccination breaches Section 2 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the “freedom of conscience and religion” as well as Section 7, “the right to life, liberty and the security of the person and the right to not be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice.”

“We are a group of physicians, nurses, first responders, health care professionals. We are a diverse group, including both individuals vaccinated and unvaccinated against COVID-19,” the letter read.

“We are pro-choice. We are not an anti-vaccine group. We are against medical coercion. We respect an individual’s right to choose or refuse treatment and to exercise informed consent and the right to bodily autonomy.

“There are more health care professionals supportive of our position and letter, but they are fearful of signing this letter.

“The AHS Mandatory Vaccination Policy is medical coercion. We stand against it.”

As of Friday, Crosson hasn’t heard a response from AHS.

Click here to read the open letter.

Reporter (Alberta)

Melanie Risdon is an Alberta Reporter for the Western Standard and Alberta Report based in the Calgary Headquarters. She has over 20 years’ experience in media at Global News, Rogers and Corus.

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