A Gold Coast Hospital employee who suffered a severe reaction his first dose of the Pfizer vaccine is accusing Queensland Health of discrimination for failing to acknowledge his doctor’s exemption and insisting he take the second jab to keep his job.
John Thomlinson, 62, says despite knowing he was left “paralysed” by the vaccine, Queensland Health has been “bullying and coercing” him for the past 16 months to take it again “even though they know I am at a high risk of dying”.
The finance worker, who does not interact with patients, says Gold Coast Hospital has refused to accept two valid vaccine exemptions from medical experts, after he developed a serious spinal impairment that left him unable to walk to a period of time.
As required under Queensland Health’s vaccine mandate, Mr Thomlinson received his first dose of Pfizer on September 29, 2021.
“A few days later I woke up in the morning and I was paralysed, I couldn’t move — my legs had turned blue, I couldn’t move my legs, the pain in my back was incredible,” he told news.com.au
“To be honest I was just scared. When you wake up and you can’t move your legs or back, you’re thinking, ‘What the hell’s happened?’ It just sort of hit me out of the blue.”
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