Carer, 36, breaks down in tears as she finishes final shift after losing job for refusing Covid vaccine

A CARER who lost her job after refusing the Covid vaccine was filmed in tears at the end of her final shift.

Louise Akester, 36, had worked in the care sector for 14 years but was fired from her three-year role at Alderson House care home in Hull last month.

According to new government rules, all care workers in adult care homes who do not have medical exemptions must be double jabbed against the virus from November 11.

But Ms Akester had refused to get double jabbed, saying she would "rather wait" until more is known about the vaccine's long term side effects.

In a clip filmed on Friday afternoon, Ms Akester is seen in tears minutes after finishing her very last shift, HullLive reports.

She can be heard saying: "That's the hardest thing I've ever had to do, saying goodbye to everybody, all the people that I've cared for, for so long, the people I've worked with. It's been so emotional, this is so unfair.

"I just can't believe what the bloody government is doing to us, I just don't get it, I don't understand."

Wiping away tears, she goes on to add: "The residents in there are crying their eyes out."

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The new government rules aim to prevent Covid deaths among elderly and vulnerable people in care homes.

The guidance, which is regulated under the Health and Social Care Act 2008, states: "From 11 November 2021, all care home workers, and anyone entering a care home, will need to be fully vaccinated, unless they are exempt under the regulations."

It adds there may be "a fair reason for dismissal" if a care worker is "not vaccinated or medically exempt".

Explaining why she didn't want the vaccine, Ms Akester previously said: "I'd rather wait until we know more about the potential long-term side effects."

She said she was tested three times a week for Covid, wore PPE gear and followed "all guidelines relating to infection control".

Medics, however, are insistent that the best way to reduce Covid fatalities is for as many people as possible to get jabbed.

Professor Azeem Majeed, Head of Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Imperial College London, recently told Sun readers: "Our vaccines continue to work well against new virus variants when people are fully vaccinated.

He added that the jabs are "safe and very effective" and stressed the "urgency" to get people vaccinated as quickly as possible.

More than 45million Brits have received two doses of the vaccine so far and a drive to increase the booster rollout is ongoing.

Dr Susan Hopkins, chief medical adviser at the UK Health Security Agency, yesterday called on double-jabbed older people to step up for their third dose, for fear waning jab immunity is leading to more deaths among the elderly.

There have been 10,062,704 booster vaccines given so far, with 70 per cent of over-80s and 60 per cent of over-50s jabbed three times.


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Health Secretary Sajid Javid has called on people to get the extra shots in a "national mission" to battle the virus – and avoid a return of restrictions.

Mr Javid wrote in The Sun yesterday: "I cannot stress the importance of getting your vaccine enough.

"Whether you’re eligible for a booster, haven’t got round to your first or second jab, or your child is eligible for a dose — it is never too late to come forward."

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