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Staffing shortages in hospitals prompted by coronavirus vaccine mandates are a threat to public safety, Laura Ingraham argued in her Tuesday monologue, accusing liberal politicians of “sabotaging” the health care system.
“Now that health care workers threaten the left’s COVID power grab, they’ve gone from frontline heroes to public health menaces,” “The Ingraham Angle” host said of unvaccinated workers being fired just months after being praised for their steadfastness during the pandemic.
She noted that several Democratically-run states like California, Washington and New York are mandating health care workers get vaccinated.
“These are people who are in hospitals every day so you can’t say they haven’t seen the pandemic up close or they don’t understand the risks, of course they do,” she argued. “The point is they’ve experienced it firsthand and have chosen to forego the vaccine for a variety of reasons.”
She said some workers feel they don’t need the vaccine because they have antibodies from previously having the virus or they’re young and healthy, although the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still recommend the vaccine in each of those cases.
“Think about the insanity of this for a moment,” she said. “The politicians and the public health officials who ordered us, begged us to stay home, to wear masks, to cancel church, sports, forego weddings, all the other things you like to do, in order to save the health care system, they’re the ones actively sabotaging the health care system.”
She said most of the hospitals that are overwhelmed with patients have put themselves in that situation with “stupid vaccine mandates.”
Ingraham mentioned New York Gov. Kathy Hochul’s recent announcement that the state would look into bringing in foreign workers to fill staffing shortages left by unvaccinated employees who were fired.
“We know the vaccines help avoid serious illness, but we also know that fully vaxxed people can still test positive for COVID months later, can still get sick, and can still spread the virus,” she said. “But at least they won’t be fired.”