Video of Nurse Escorted Out of Hospital for Refusing COVID Vaccine Viewed Over 2.5M Times

A video of a nurse who was escorted out of the hospital for refusing the COVID vaccine was viewed 2.5 million times on Twitter as of Sunday.

In a 5-minute video, the Kaiser Permanente nurse claimed that the hospital placed her on unpaid administrative leave on Saturday after refusing to accept her religious exemption from the vaccine without giving reasons for the decision.

"I am being escorted out of Kaiser Permanente hospital for my religious beliefs because I don't want to get the jab," she said. "And I asked all day for someone to explain to me why my sincerely held religious beliefs are not good enough for Kaiser. And no one was able to do that for me."

Newsweek contacted Kaiser Permanente for comments.

Kaiser Permanente is headquartered in California but also has locations in Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Virginia, DC, Ohio, and Washington.

Nurse fired for not accepting the you know what. Religious exemption denied.. Freedom is everything and you must never give it up #coercion pic.twitter.com/g7BQ8t9YMR

— Gillian McKeith (@GillianMcKeith) October 30, 2021

Security guards were seen in the video escorting the nurse out of the hospital to her vehicle.

At one point during the video she was seen asking random people in the hospital if they believed in religious freedom as she claimed that Kaiser doesn't believe in it.

"I'm willing to lose my safety, security, my house, everything for freedom," she adds. "I want you to think about that."

The nurse said she has been working since the beginning of COVID "when we didn't know what was going on."

"They're firing nurses who are willing to work. Doesn't make sense to me. So you have got to ask yourself that question: what kind of world are we living in when we have a pandemic," she added.

President Joe Biden issued an order in September requiring health-care staff nationwide to get vaccinated against COVID. The order applies to all health-care workers who work for hospitals, ambulance services, clinics or facilities that are funded by the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

As a result of Biden's order, hundreds of health-care staff across the country were either suspended or fired for not complying with the requirement.

Earlier in October, an unvaccinated ICU nurse at the University of California Los Angeles was also escorted out of the hospital for not complying with the mandate. California required health-care workers to get at least the first dose of the vaccine by September 30.

"Those out of compliance are subject to progressive discipline, including restricting access to work sites and being placed on leave," a UCLA Health spokesperson told Newsweek on October 13.

Video of unvaccinated nurse watched million times
In a video that went viral, a nurse at Kaiser Permanente said that she was placed on unpaid administrative leave after the hospital refused her religious exemption from the COVID vaccine. Above, nurses prepare to check a COVID patient at the Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center in Tarzana, California, on September 2. Photo by APU GOMES/AFP via Getty Images

Meanwhile in North Carolina, the Novant Health hospital system fired around 175 of its staff for defying the vaccine mandate. Similarly, the Houston Methodist Hospital in Texas lost 153 of its workers, including 26 nurses, who either quit or were fired.