No shot midwife fears losing her job over mandatory vaccinations for NHS staff

Unvaccinated obstetrician fears losing job over mandatory vaccines for NHS staff after choosing not to get Covid jab due to heart condition

  • NHS workers must be vaccinated as a working condition from 1 April
  • Erika Thompson, a midwife, has chosen not to get a shot due to a health problem
  • The midwife has a heart infection and fears the vaccine would hurt her personal health
  • Has seen evidence of very rare cases where people with her condition were affected by jab
  • She fears NHS will be ‘decimated’ by new mandate on jabs for its staff










An undiagnosed midwife is concerned she will be fired from her job after choosing not to get a Covid shot because she has a heart condition.

NHS employees will have to deal with mandatory vaccination as a working condition from 1 April. But Erika Thompson, an independent midwife from Hampshire, has chosen not to get the shot because she has a heart infection.

Ms Thompson, who previously had Covid, is not against vaccines but is concerned her personal health could suffer after seeing evidence of very rare cases of people with heart infections being affected by the shots.

This is despite the British Heart Foundation’s recommendation that people with heart inflammation or a history of the condition take the vaccine.

She told the BBC: ‘I don’t want to be a midwife anymore. I feel like it’s part of who I am. But I also strongly feel that a mandate is not the way forward and that it infringes on our human rights to make these decisions.’

Ms Thompson, who also works at her local NHS unit when she is in need of staff, is concerned that the new rules on NHS employment will have an impact on the public.

She said the organization cannot afford to lose staff or their years of experience and it will be “decimated” if staff are laid off.

Erika Thompson (pictured), an independent midwife from Hampshire, has chosen not to get a shot because she has a heart infection

Ms Thompson said she gained natural immunity after Covid and wondered why this isn’t factored into the equation.

But Professor Adam Finn, a government vaccine adviser, has said that immunity to serious illnesses acquired from getting Covid declines faster than protection from the injections and, according to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), the “best defense” is injections. ‘ against the virus.

There are about 90 per cent of NHS staff who have already been vaccinated, but in the southern region there are 7,000 staff who have not had a single shot.

Royal College of Midwives and Unison support staff are stabbed but oppose mandating vaccination.

A DHSC spokesperson said: ‘NHS and healthcare staff are doing an amazing job and we are grateful to those who chose to get the vaccine.

“Health and social workers are responsible for caring for some of the most vulnerable people in society, many of whom are more likely to suffer serious health consequences if exposed to the virus.

‘It’s about patient safety and about protecting people in the hospital or care as well as possible.’

Ms Thompson, who also works at her local NHS unit when she needs staff, is concerned that new rules on NHS employment will affect the public (stock image)

Ms Thompson, who also works at her local NHS unit when she needs staff, is concerned that new rules on NHS employment will affect the public (stock image)

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