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Waitress Who Is Trying For Baby Fired After Refusing To Get Covid-19 Vaccine

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Waitress Who Is Trying For Baby Fired After Refusing To Get Covid-19 Vaccine

A waitress in the US, who is trying to get pregnant, was fired from her job for refusing to get the coronavirus vaccine.

Bonnie Jacobson, from New York, says she was let go from her job at Red Hot Tavern in Brooklyn on Monday after she told them she didn't want to get the jab as she and her husband are trying for a baby.

Speaking to NBC, Jacobson said she and her husband had been trying for a baby last year but put their plans on hold due to the pandemic.

She went on to say she isn't anti-vax or against vaccinations but is concerned as she believes there's not enough research on how the vaccine affects pregnant women.

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Jacobson said she told bosses about her decision to hold off from getting the vaccine in an email.

She told NBC: "I was honest, I'm not going to do it quite yet.

"I do have my reservations about it, I need to talk to a doctor, just see how I feel. She said no problem."

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She added: "My husband and I just got married, and were planning on starting to try to have children in August.

"It's already been postponed, I would hate for something to happen and me get the vaccine and we have to hold off a few more years."

Jacobson says she was initially told by the restaurant that the vaccine wasn't mandatory, but days later received an email telling her there was a new policy 'to maintain a safe working environment' and that employees would have to be vaccinated.

It added: "At this time your employment will be terminated.

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"We are sad to see you go."

The decision left Jacobson reeling and has said she won't be attempting to get her job back or file a lawsuit.

Billy Durney, who owns Red Hook Tavern, said in a statement to NBC: "Once New York State allowed restaurant workers to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, we thought this was the perfect opportunity to put a plan in place to keep our team and guests safe.

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"No one has face these challenges before and we made a decision that we thought would best protest everyone.

"And, we now realise that we need to update our policy so it's clear to our team how the process works and what we can do to support them."

The US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention the vaccine is considered safe.

However it goes on to say that choosing to get the jab is a 'personal choice for people who are pregnant' as the 'actual risks of mRNA vaccines to the pregnant person and her foetus are unknown because these vaccines have not been studied in pregnant women'.

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Topics: Coronavirus, US News

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