Arkansas woman says she lost her job for refusing COVID-19 vaccine

With pandemic fatigue reaching new heights, millions of Americans are relying on COVID-19 vaccines to bring the country back to something resembling normality in the near future, but significant controversy over whether the jab should be mandatory remains.

Illustrative of the divide in this country over compulsory shots is the case of an Arkansas woman who claims she was fired from employment at a marijuana dispensary due to her refusal to to accept the coronavirus vaccine, as the Washington Examiner reports.

The trouble arose, according to Little Rock NBC affiliate KARK, when Samantha Wise received word that she was being dismissed from her job at the Harvest Cannabis Dispensary in Conway, Arkansas after she let her supervisor know she had no plans to be vaccinated. “They actually did it – they really fired me – I didn’t think it was really going to happen,” Wise said.

The former dispensary employee cited a prior history of severe reactions to medications as the reason for her decision regarding the COVID-19 jab, stating, “I am always that 1 out of every 10 or so that has a bad reaction. I am that one – so, I would just rather not.” However, that explanation did not wash at her workplace, where vaccinations – with formulations that only have emergency use authorization and lack full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration — are deemed mandatory due to the “high risk” nature of their medical marijuana clientele.

Robbin Rahman, executive director of the dispensary explained, saying, “Harvest’s employees encounter upwards of 500 patients per day, often serving them in a one-on-one encounter,” adding, “…absent a targeted program, a medical marijuana dispensary like Harvest would pose a serious threat to the very people it is designed to help,” as the Examiner reported.

Interestingly, the dispensary does have a policy in place designed to accommodate employees who declined vaccination due to religious or medical grounds, but Rahman did not elaborate on why Wise was not permitted to take advantage of the exception.

Though debate continues on whether private employers can or should require coronavirus vaccination as a condition of continued employment, Wise’s case is illustrative of broader concerns about increasing encroachment on personal liberty by commercial enterprises and governmental agencies alike.

The freedom to abstain from – or simply delay – acceptance of any new vaccine or medication for which clinical trials are still ongoing is something many Americans are unwilling to abandon, particularly when they have determined that their personal illness risk profile does not justify doing so.

Add to that the frustration felt by those who hear public health authorities declare that masking, social distancing, and other oppressive pandemic-related precautions must continue even post-vaccination, and it should come as no surprise that demand for COVID-19 shots is showing signs of decline, and people in greater numbers are adopting a wait-and-see approach.

42 Responses

  1. I DON’T BLAME HER FOR NOT TAKING THE VACCINE. PEOPLE BEST Wake up and get a mind of their own to think for themselves. These vaccines are just a start of the MARK OF THE BEAST, AND THE GOVERNMENT HAS THEIR DEVILS AND DEMONS PUSHING ALL OF THE WAYS OF SATAN. THEY BEST TRUST THE LORD AND READ HIS WORD.

    1. I agree that they shouldn’t be able to force anyone to take the vaccine. It’s their body and their choice.

      1. Agreed but unless you are a democrat and want to murder your unborn child it is a different story.

    2. I agree with you James. I am feeling sad that all of my family and friends yhst are going for these shots are basically signing their death warrants. I am not planning on getting the vaccine for 2 reasons 1. I don’t feel that they are safe yet and 2. I know of a couple people and have heard of several people that have become deathly I’ll from the vaccine. And since I am battling stage 4 lung Cancer and I get the shot and get sick from it I feel it would be a death sentence for me.

      1. I totally agree with you. People with allergies and surviving cancer should probably not take the vaccine. Nor should pregnant women or children [of any age].

      2. Another good reason to refuse the vaccine is that you still have to wear a mask and social distance if you get the vaccine. So the only reason to get the vaccine is to make Big Pharma rich

    3. I agree with James..I to Know more people that has Not took this so called ginypig experiment. MORE have Not got the shot.Strange , Cancer has been around for ever.But no cure on that.Then just over night ,seems they have a shot for covis..Think about that !

      1. The havent had the time to see long term effects of this vaccine or the virus for that matter, However, I would not let anyone tell me I HAVE to get a vaccine or else. Id tell them I will see you in court.

  2. I got my 2 doses of Pfizer, the frau got her 2 Moderna. It took a while, COPD, as NV wouldn’t let her get jabbed before her age group. We both wanted the protection. The daughter does not believe in any kind of shots/vaccine. The school had to force her to get the grandson his vaccinations or no school. While I do not agree with her decision to not get jabbed it is her decision. I hope that she either has immunity or hat she gets the jab to leave no doubt.

  3. People better wake up and start suing there companies. What happen to it’s my body and I can do what I want with it> What happen to peoples rights. I refuse to take the vaccine – WHY – no one knows what this junk is doing to do to you in years to come. This vaccine has not been proven. Anyone who isn’t a idiot knows that all medications have side affects but this vaccine, no one knows, not even Fuc*.

  4. Go straight to the Federal Labor Dept. Your Employorer, is in violation of federal law. It might take you 30 to 60 days, but you’ll get awarded your job back and all monies rewarded buy the Labor Dept.

  5. Lets face it some of us had to take a vaccination when we were young for polio and other things but this Covid is man made and for population control. It has become the mark of the beast???? I believe there is a chip in it similar to what is used to identify animals. We are being forced to take it or lose our jobs , next they will round up all that are not vaccinated and don’t care why they aren’t and not quarantined but eliminated. It is time those that created this virus to be arrested and punished. The ones that have died were murdered and the creator of the virus murdered them!!!

    1. The polio, etc., were vaccines — live stuff put into us to help build up against it.
      This isn’t a vaccine, there’s no live-anything put into it but rather a giant experiment in altering one’s immune system. And, if there’s some tiny thing in it, well, I’ve read that they’ve controlled actions of dogs by putting something in them and used computerized “orders” to make them respond. Yes, these will be the “people” who destroy the world and everything on it; they have too much money and time.

  6. I honestly thought that people in the southern states would be more tolerant and aware of the down the road dangers of these chemical experiments that the AMERICAN people think that they have to do to kill this virus that china tried to destroy us with.This do or die chemical may be O.K.,but really,is it.Time will tell,china has infiltrated every entity in AMERICA,did they help create this chemical,if so,may GOD be with you.

  7. I tend to wonder why the s*ot is being forced upon us ? I’ve heard rumors that a nano chip that can broadcast your number and GPS location is in the sh*t. A nano chip is one that can only be seen with a microscope . That is perhaps not true. But , there does have to be some reason why we are being forced now to get the sho* !
    Most Americans could not be forced into getting injections. But , they could be tricked into voluntarily getting the injections. And along comes the handy C*vid-19. Which appears to have been politicized and weaponized. It has been used to destroy our economy. All the better for gaining control of the people. And now that millions have voluntarily been vaccinated , they are trying to force the rest of us also. WHY ?
    I have read on another site where the Director of the National Health Institute is NOT requiring his people to get the vaccine. How come ? I have also read that more than 7,000 people were diagnosed with C*vid-19 after they received the shot. In addition some have died BECAUSE of getting the vaccine. Another thing that I notice is that the CDC says that the flu is deadly. And yet there is no big push for people to be vaccinated for the flu. And no one is being forced to have a flu shot. Too many questions and no answers.

  8. Frigging Dopers complain that someone doesn’t want to get injected with poison just because they sell Poison to people

  9. The courts are corrupt the big issue is finding a attorney that will fight the system remember the system has your tax money and the poor working slob has nothing so she did has no chance any government that forced you is a communist country and is ruled by dictators I will
    Not do what lying leadership that does not not follow the same rules good for her how more people will stand up to this corrupt dictators the democratic idiots

  10. Some jobs just need people vacinated. Dealing with public daily would count as one. People should be vacinated if dealing with public…. reasturants, bars, gyms, church, courts, sports, etc….

  11. Do ya’ll understand that this is communism? This is who now has our government. Soon everything will be man-itory from the communist government. We will soon be required to show proof of vaccination to buy food gas and other necessities. These things are all warned of in the Scriptures. Read Revelation chapter 13 and pray for understanding. This darkness is just beginning. The time is soon coming when peace and safety will be declared world wide. This will deceive billions of people, including the people of the True and Living God, because they have rejected His way and lived by man’s interpretation of His word. WAKE UP PEOPLE, WAKE UP!

  12. In Revelation chapter 13 we are warned of a mark being required to buy and sell. This mark of the beast it is said it will be in the forehead or right hand. These are symbolic of the thinking part of the brain and the right morals people should have. At the end of the chapter it says this;, Here is wisdom, Let him that has understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the NUMBER OF A MAN; and his number is Six hundred three score and six.(Revelation 13:18). Here written in this book of dark speech is the answer!

  13. THE MARK OF THE BEAST IS THE MARK OF MANKIND AND HIS TOTAL REJECTION OF JESUS CHRIST AND HIS TEACHINGS, HIS SALVATION. EVIL MANKIND WITH SATAN BEHIND THEM DIRECTING THEIR EVERY MOVE AS THEY FOOLISHLY ATTEMPT TO OVERTHROW THE ETERNAL KINGDOM OF THE OMNIPOTENT EVERLASTING TRIBUNE CREATOR GOD. MANKIND AS A SPECIES IS DOOMED ONLY A REMNANT WILL BE FINALLY SAVED, THOSE WHO HAVE THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS CHRIST AND KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS. ALL OTHERS ARE DECEIVED AND WILL PERISH ALONG WITH SATAN AND THE ANGELS WHO REBELLED AGAINST GOD, WHO WILL SUFFER ETERNAL DEATH, AT THE LAST DAY, THE JUDGMENT. SEE; (Matthew 13:37-43; John 12:46-48.John 6:39-40-44-54. All these Scriptures state plainly the the judgment and the LAST DAY ARE ONE AND THE SAME. PEOPLE LAY ASIDE THE TRADITIONS OF YOUR ELDERS AND SEEK GOD AND READ HIS WORD FOR WHAT IT ACTUALLY SAYS. THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO SURVIVE! JESUS DIED AND BROUGHT US SALVATION, BUT WE MUST ACCEPT IT.

  14. joe and the ho need to back off..AMERICANS can CHOOSE wheather or not to get the vaccine or not……..this woman needs to be REHIRED

  15. Vaccine issues:
    Those who take
    Those who dont due to medical issue
    Those who wont
    My worry is those who WONT may effect state to reopen etc IE everyone vaccinated to Open up state
    IE blackmail

  16. First you made the right choice. Second you don’t want to work for someone who does not consider your health before the job. Third there is a better job that God has waiting for you. Forth don’t forget to remind your previous employer of your legal rights. Take them to court and kick their butts.

  17. I’ve had 2 paralyzing Strokes and thank GOD he healed me to walk and work on Front line in Health Care with Safety! I take medications, I WON’T take any vaccines for fear medications will Clash with them! I live by Psalm91 and Psalm37!! I Trust & Serve GOD so that’s it!! I take my temp every morning & wear my masks!!

  18. Well we still have free choice in this country but firing someone for not getting the vaccine
    is wrong

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