A care home worker has been forced to leave her job after refusing to have the Covid vaccine, Hull Live reports.

Louise Akester, 36, who has worked at Alderson House in Hull for the past three years, has described the situation as "heartbreaking" and "unfair".

She confirmed that she is not willing to have the Covid vaccination at present, but does not rule out being vaccinated in the future.

Louise said: "I'm still standing by my decision. My heart has been in that role of work for such a long time.

"I'm at a loss about what I'll be doing after I lose this job. I just feel so heartbroken.

"My manager has been quite emotional over it all as she really does not want to lose me.

"We should have freedom of choice. The only choice I've been left with is either having the vaccine against your freedom of choice, or lose your job.

"It's absolutely destroying me."

The Government requires all care home staff to be double vaccinated against coronavirus by November 11, unless medically exempt, meaning Louise's contract will be terminated on November 5.

But she has argued that there is no mandatory requirement for care home residents or visitors to be double vaccinated.

"There can be unvaccinated visitors," she said. "It seems unfair how they can do it, yet I can't.

"I genuinely love my job with all my heart, I only earn minimum wage so believe me it isn’t the money keeping me there.

"But November 5 will be one of the hardest days of my life when I have to say my goodbyes to all my lovely residents.

"When I have to leave that building at the end of my final shift knowing that I can no longer return as an employee, all because apparently now I’m not good enough to protect them due to refusing the vaccines.

"This choice should be my basic human right. I do not deserve to be punished for saying 'no'...

"I'd rather wait until we know more about the potential long-term side effects."

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