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The Jab or Your Job? Meet the NH Healthcare Workers Coalition

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Medical professionals and other employees of healthcare systems across the state are reaching out to their legislators in a panic, as the New Hampshire Hospital Association issued a statement in support of hospitals and health systems to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for employees.

Following this statement, healthcare systems across the state began announcing impending mandates.

It is a disturbing sign of how far the healthcare system has fallen from its grounding principles when healthcare organizations strip their employees of one of the primary rights of patients, the right of self-determination.

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In medical ethics, the principle of autonomy is the right of all patients to make decisions about their health. Each person is an individual with unique moral agency, history, values, beliefs, culture, knowledge, and preferences, who should be treated with dignity and respect. Thus, during their training, medical practitioners are taught that they may educate patients but must ultimately accept and protect the patient’s right to self-determination.

Today, healthcare workers across the state of New Hampshire face losing their jobs if they make a reasoned decision to decline still experimental and unapproved COVID-19 vaccines.

Whatever the reason for declining vaccination – be it religious, philosophical, concern about the lack of long-term studies, reports of adverse effects, emerging evidence of the vaccines’ inefficacy at protecting from COVID infection, the conscientious weighing of potential benefit versus risk– these decisions are personal.

Doctors, nurses, LNAs, secretaries, housekeepers, food service workers, maintenance workers, dental hygienists, medical technicians, radiological technicians, pharmacists, EMTs, and all other employees of healthcare systems deserve the right to make decisions about their health without punishment from their employers. Health decisions belong to the individual, and they should have the right to informed consent, like all patients, even if the individual is a healthcare worker.

A new coalition, NH Healthcare Workers for Freedom, is gathering to educate healthcare workers on their rights, advise them on steps to take within their organizations, plan protests, lobby other organizations, and legislators, utilize media, and build social and political pressure to fight these mandates.

If you are a healthcare worker facing job loss over a vaccine mandate, do not quit your job. Ask yourself, can the healthcare systems really afford to fire 30% of their workforce? They are hoping you will fold. We have strength in numbers, and together we will lead the charge against healthcare worker vaccine mandates across New Hampshire.

We’ll be hosting a zoom seminar in the coming weeks with expert panelists on the rights you have and steps you can take to push back and assert your rights.

Affected healthcare workers, send an email to

NH Healthcare Workers for Freedom at

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If you are a Dartmouth-Hitchcock employee, visit to learn about a pending lawsuit against your organization and how you can help.

The time to stand together and be brave is now.

Honorable Leah Cushman, RN BSN
State Representative
New Hampshire General Court
Hillsborough County District 2