Care worker posts video after losing her job because she refused to get vaccinated

Ms Akester, 36, posted the emotional video just minutes after finishing her final shift at Alderson House in Hull
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Care worker, 36, posts emotional video after losing her job because she refused to get vaccinated to protect the patients she worked with

  • Louise Akester was fired from NHS care home Alderson House in Hull
  • Govt requirements say care workers must be double jabbed from November 11  
  • In the video, the 36-year-old cries as she says ‘This is so unfair, it’s so emotional’ 










An NHS care worker who was fired because she refused to be vaccinated against Covid-19 posted an emotional video after her final shift.

Louise Akester, 36, had her contract with NHS care home Alderson House, Hull, terminated because of the government requirement for all care workers to get double jabbed from November 11.

All care workers in adult care homes who do not have medical exemptions must have two doses of a Coronavirus vaccine.

She has worked in the care sector for 14 years, but refused to be vaccinated regardless of the new government rule. 

In the video she says: 'I just can't believe what the bloody government is doing to us, I just don't get it, I just don't understand'

Louise Akester, 36, pictured, was fired because of government requirements from November 11 that all care workers in adult care homes, who do not have medical exemptions, are double jabbed

Speaking within minutes of finishing her last shift, Ms Akester says in the video: 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.’

Covid vaccines are set to be compulsory for social care workers from November 11. Pictured above is care home worker Louise Akester, 36, from Hull, who made an emotional video as she finished her final shift at Alderson House care home

Covid vaccines are set to be compulsory for social care workers from November 11. Pictured above is care home worker Louise Akester, 36, from Hull, who made an emotional video as she finished her final shift at Alderson House care home

The above graph shows the proportion of staff working in care homes for the over-65s who have received their first and second doses of the vaccine. It reveals that there was no sharp surge in uptake when the jabs were made compulsory

The above graph shows the proportion of staff working in care homes for the over-65s who have received their first and second doses of the vaccine. It reveals that there was no sharp surge in uptake when the jabs were made compulsory

Some 100,000 NHS workers are yet to get at least one dose of the Covid vaccine, figures show. The above graph shows the percentage that have got their first dose (blue line) and the percentage that have got both doses (orange line)

Some 100,000 NHS workers are yet to get at least one dose of the Covid vaccine, figures show. The above graph shows the percentage that have got their first dose (blue line) and the percentage that have got both doses (orange line)

Although the care worker refused to get vaccinated, as part of her job requirements, she still tested three times a week for Covid, wore PPE equipment and followed ‘all guidelines relating to infection control’.

Ms Akester says the situation is ‘unfair’ because care home residents and their visitors are not required to be vaccinated by the government.

She said she hasn’t ruled getting the vaccine in the future but does not wish to be vaccinated now. 

The 36-year-old says she speaks to represent the 40,000 care home workers in England who are to lose their jobs by November 11.

‘I’ve been swarmed by messages of support and thanks,’ Louise said last week.

‘They’ve contacted from all over nationally, not just Hull.  

‘Some in the Hull area want to meet up in the future and compare notes on our experiences.

‘It’s nice to know I’m not alone, that there’s other people in my shoes.

‘I wish we had something much nicer in common, but it is what it is.’

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