The war over the Covid vaccine is playing out in the workplace as employers use the FDA approval of the shots to pressure employees to get them. In one of the most recent battles, Karl Bohnak, who worked as a meteorologist for WLUC-TV in Marquette for more than 30 years, announced on Facebook that he had fired for refusing to get a Covid vaccine.
“I’m leaving TV6 because the broadcaster’s business owner, Gray Television, has mandated vaccination against COVID-19 for anyone who enters company property,” he wrote on Wednesday.
“Since I chose not to get any of the shots, I was fired. Many of you have taken one of these injections and that is absolutely your right. It is also my right to choose the medical options that I feel are right . I have authority over my body. “
He thanked the audience.
“Today I announce with a heavy heart that I am no longer employed by TV6 after more than 33 years.
“I’m sad, but to borrow a quote from a famous ball player: ‘I’m the happiest man in the world’ because as a kid I had a dream of becoming a weatherman. That dream came true and top. I was able to broadcast the weather for one of the most challenging and beautiful places in the United States. As an added bonus, the people I broadcast all over Upper Michigan were so nice and encouraging. Thank you for watching. “
About 2,600 people responded to his post. The response was mixed.
Here is an excerpt:
Kathy Helgren Fleury
I respect your decision and I would have done the same! We will miss you!
Will miss you.
Carol Ann Kasun-Dixson
I hope you will also be ready to stand up for a woman’s right to choose her own reproductive health care when the time comes.
Megan Anderegg Malone
Maybe you should really think about who is controlling you. You weren’t fired, you quit because you didn’t want to follow the guidelines. This is not about the vaccine, but about partisan misinformation and anti-science conspiracy theories. I understand you also wrote that “Global Warming Alarmism” is your “Pet Trouble”. TV6 viewers deserve a meteorologist who believes in science.
Karl, I respect your decision to follow your own beliefs and beliefs [not to mention our constitution]. Some people have forgotten that the government WORKS FOR US and not the other way around. You are a lion among the sheep. God will care.