COVID-19 protesters make healthcare workers cry


VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – We have a better idea of ​​how Wednesday’s shocking COVID-19 vaccine protests in hospitals across Canada have had an impact on primary care.

Healthcare workers took to social media to share their frustrations, detailing how the disruptive gatherings affected those seeking treatment and other services at hospitals in Vancouver and beyond.

Some say nurses, doctors and family members of critically ill patients have been brought to tears.

In a Facebook post, a worker from British Columbia says if you want to protest, okay, but she doesn’t understand why hospitals should be their framework.

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“You feel strong and want to express your frustration, you can,” Kari Way wrote in her post, along with a photo of herself in full PPE. “Personally, I would have chosen a location with more visibility and presence than our usually quiet hospital street, especially since most of us in the hospital are vaccinated. And those who are not are allowed to fight for their lives.

“I doubt you have achieved your goal of having a wave of change,” she adds.

Way goes on to say that she doubts the protesters “will achieve your goal of having a wave of change,” noting all of the impacts the protests actually had on Wednesday.

She says some of her nursing colleagues cried, that ambulances were blocked from accessing the ER, that parking spaces that would normally be used for “working mothers and ER patients” were occupied by protesters. , and that the protesters “afflicted my delusional and confused elderly patients with loud horns.

The nurse notes that family members of the critically ill have cried and grieving loved ones who hoped to say their peaceful farewells have been disturbed.

Way said that in addition to “unwittingly disturbing patients and families who were trying to survive and recover from illnesses,” the protesters were able to accomplish another thing: “You made us feel deeply disrespectful.”

Her post has been liked and shared thousands of times, many people have taken to the comments section to say “sorry someone had to go through this”.

Another person, who identifies as a nurse in the Kelowna area, says he has “never felt so disappointed, disrespected and defeated.”

“I am 66 years old, I have diabetes, I have serious lung problems and I have survived cancer three times. I worked throughout this pandemic even though I put myself in great danger, ”writes Terry Teite in a community group.

“I left the hospital and had to go through this to get to my car to get home after another crazy day at work only to be yelled at, cursed at, people in my face putting me down because I wore my mask until I got past the people, ”he continued.

COVID-19 protesters take to the streets outside Vancouver City Hall. Thousands of people demonstrated across Canada, many in front of hospitals, to denounce vaccines and vaccine passports. (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 photo)

He didn’t mince words, expressing his frustration with the protesters saying “how dare you protest outside our hospital” and “how dare you disrespect all of us who have worked so hard over the years. Last 18 months in emotionally and physically challenging situations to provide the best possible care to those of you who have fallen ill.

“Understand this… we are broken… we are tired… we are exhausted… we are demoralized… and you are not helping!”

Others also shared the obvious impacts of the protests, with one telling NEWS 1130 it took them two hours to bring their mother, with terminal cancer, to the Vancouver Cancer Center for her appointments. -you.

Another nurse said it took one of her patients over three hours to walk around after an appointment, adding that they were hungry and just wanted to go home but couldn’t.

These are just a few of the many stories that echo similar struggles that unfolded on Wednesday.

Protests took place in several hospitals in British Columbia, including the Vancouver General, and across the country, sparking outrage.

Some on social media have expressed their anger, telling others if they have attended these protests to “stop following me” or “remove me from your friend list.”

The protests also drew harsh words from health sector actors, with many noting the high rate of COVID-19 infection among those who have not been vaccinated.

“The intensive care units are full of unvaccinated people. Should we delay taking care of this cancer patient or this person waiting for surgery because someone took it away from them by choosing not to get the vaccine? At present, the unvaccinated strike other patients. Fair? ”Tweeted Kevin Mcleod, internal medicine specialist for the North Shore and Whitehorse.

There have also been an overwhelming number of messages of support to frontline workers, many of whom are already struggling with burnout around 18 months after the start of this pandemic.

However, despite the disruption, many healthcare workers have vowed to keep working.

“We were working hard long before the pandemic. We lack sleep, empty bladders, meals, life to serve. Our nurses and staff are exceptional and they are getting burnt out. Morale is low. Tensions are high. The beds are full, ”Nurse Way’s Facebook post continued.

“But we wake up. Tiredness. We are introducing ourselves. Discouraged. We work more than our required time. Because our patients need it. I am halfway through 3 weeks of continuous work. I do this because I am committed to taking care of my patients. Often at the expense of my own well-being. Just like my colleagues.

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