Van Buren Township Employees Forced to Get Vaccinated
I’m all about people getting vaccinated, I support it 100%. However, I do not support someone who imposes it on individuals. As important and safe as I think it is, I still think it’s a personal choice.
Municipal workers in Van Buren Township are told that they must get the vaccine by August 16, or else. They’re not very clear on what “or” means, but I think we can all put it together. This means they will lose their jobs if they do not get the COVID-19 vaccine. I know they can do it but again I think it’s wrong.
Adam Byrd, Van Buren Township Police Patrollers and Dispatchers Union:
We’re the pioneers, which just means we’re the first jurisdiction in the state of Michigan to do so. There is a reason the other 1,820 jurisdictions have not done so. It is not fair, the government should not intervene in this.
According to Fox 2, the Township of Van Buren is one of the first municipalities in Michigan to require all municipal employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
The mandate is expected to take effect on August 16. The question is still unanswered as to what happens to employees if they do not get vaccinated? I think when you make something mandatory, we all know what’s going on.
Township Supervisor Kevin McNamara:
We are currently working with the unions to try to find common ground. I don’t know what the middle ground is yet.
The board has not ordered me to terminate employees at this time, and I will not terminate any employees until the board orders me to do so.
I would like everyone to be vaccinated but not like that.