A pregnant nurse in Indianapolis was suspended after refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Adara Allen, a former employee of Eskenazi Health, appeared on “America’s Newsroom” on Thursday emphasizing the need for personal choice in the matter, saying it is not a “one-for-all medication.”
“Well, clearly, I’m not considered a hero if I’m disposable for a medical choice, also, if we’re so needed, I don’t understand why they’re not willing to take medical exemptions for people and to realize this is not a one for all medication,” Allen said.
“There are people who are exceptions, who have more of a risk of receiving it or have adverse effects from the first dose.”
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The Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County (HHC) announced the mandate back in July, and said it would consider granting certain health or religious exemptions.
Allen said she requested a medical exemption due to her pregnancy, but the request was denied.
“It was just a personal statement they wanted they did not want to see my medical records,” Allen said. “They did not need a physician to sign off on it.”
“It was a personal statement that a board of their doctors would approve or deny, and I was denied.”
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Allen also expressed her concern surrounding the lack of long-term studies focused on how the vaccine may affect a pregnancy. She suffered a miscarriage in December and wanted more time to assess how it could possibly affect her unborn child.
“I trust science, but I also trust long-term studies, and they don’t have enough pregnant women that want to be in these studies to have a large group of women that are willing to participate,” said Allen.
“They say only a third of pregnant women are even vaccinated currently.”