Nurses, no guinea pigs! 87,000 healthcare workers in Netherlands refuse Covid-19 vaccine

Amid random reports of reactions to vaccine surfacing at different parts of the world, here comes a sharp refusal from thousands of healthcare workers. Around 87,000 nurses refused 'experimental' Covid-19 vaccine in the Netherlands, even as the Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced a strict five-week lockdown. Cases in the Netherlands saw a steep rise after the celebrations of Saint Nocholas' birthday on Dec 5.

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At a recent hearing of the Covid-19 Extra pulmonary Inquiry committee, Dr. Elke De Klerk from the Netherlands said she supports 87,000 nurses who resolved to refuse the Covid-19 vaccine because they don't want to be a guinea pig. "We are also starting a lawsuit to bring a really large group of doctors and a really large group of nurses because we have contact with 87,000 nurses that do want the vaccine that is being prepared for us. They are not willing to be the guinea pigs."

Netizens react

Even as London Assembly Member tweeted the news, several were quick to join the debate. "Morons pushing something experimental as mandatory should immediately go to the front of the vaccine-line and get a double shot.," said some while others called out loud for whistle blowers. 

International Nurses Day is celebrated on May 12. Reuters

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