Nurse canned for rejecting jab reflects as COVID emergency ends: ‘It is a heavy hand, especially now’

A New York nurse named Jenna Viani-Pascale took a look back at the pandemic as President Biden ended the national emergency on Thursday, noting that she has never been rehired for a job that was everything to her and expressing her frustration that she was ever canned, to begin with.

(Video Credit: Fox News)

Viani-Pascale refused the jab for medical reasons. She had a stroke at 36 years old and didn’t feel it was prudent to tempt fate over it. She commented to Fox News host Martha MacCallum on “The Story” Thursday that it was “frustrating” looking back at losing her job over not getting vaccinated as Biden ended the health emergency.

Despite suffering a stroke, the nurse was denied a medical exemption and eventually terminated from her job over refusing to be vaccinated. Her attorneys wouldn’t take it to court because they were hesitant over the issue as well.

Now, as Biden signs a bill ending the COVID emergency, Viani-Pascale is recounting her ordeal and how it should never have happened in the first place.

“That was really difficult,” she told MacCallum. “There was a lot of talk that could happen. I just didn’t think it actually would come to fruition. I did love my job. It was something that was really in me, in my heart. It was what I did my whole nursing career. So to get forced out was a huge life-changing circumstance for me.”

Viani-Pascale was angered that medical professionals were not allowed to choose whether to take the vaccine or not.

“It is a heavy hand, especially now,” she commented on Fox News. “It’s frustrating to look back and see that they think they made an error and… there’s a lot of backlash about the back and forth with this. And you realize… people are quadruple vaccinated and they’re still getting COVID, they’re still passing COVID, and now it’s not really a thing.”

The nurse now works at a medical spa. She admitted that she “felt lost” after she was fired.

“I haven’t heard from my old job,” she remarked. “I haven’t been offered a position back. They’re still requiring it at the hospitals in New York. So, it’s just a very frustrating thing for somebody who really loved her job.”

Biden signed a bipartisan congressional resolution to bring the national emergency to a close after three years, just weeks before it was set to expire alongside a separate public health emergency according to NPR.

The White House issued a one-line statement on Monday announcing that Biden had signed the measure behind closed doors. He publicly opposed the resolution though not to the point of issuing a veto. The GOP-controlled chamber passed the resolution in February. The measure passed the Senate by a 68-23 vote in April and Biden let lawmakers know he would sign it.

NPR reported, “The administration said once it became clear that Congress was moving to speed up the end of the national emergency it worked to expedite agency preparations for a return to normal procedures. Among the changes: The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s COVID-19 mortgage forbearance program is set to end at the end of May, and the Department of Veterans Affairs is now returning to a requirement for in-home visits to determine eligibility for caregiver assistance.”

The vaccine mandate for healthcare workers in New York has been extended but is now being challenged in court.

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