A former emergency room nurse whose religious exemption to the hospital’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate says that the real reason that ICU beds are in high demand is not because they’re overwhelmed with unvaccinated patients, but because hospitals are short-staffed due to a mass exodus brought on by vaccine mandates.
Brad McDowell, who was fired by Valley Health Systems in Winchester, Virginia over the mandate told LifeSiteNews in an exclusive interview last week that he knows for a fact that his former employer has beds available to treat patients, but doesn’t have the staff available to man the beds.
This contradicts the common assumption that ICUs are being overwhelmed by the ongoing pandemic due to unvaccinated patients.
“The narrative that we’re being told didn’t really line up with reality,” McDowell told LifeSiteNews’ Jim Hale.
“They can’t open a bed that they don’t have a nurse and a tech to staff,” he explained when Hale asked him if it’s true that staffing shortages could have something to do with bed shortages at Valley Health. “I can tell you that all those beds [at Valley Health] are not open, and I know that for a fact.”
“There are beds closed, and they’re saying they’re … at capacity, but it’s not because there’s not enough beds,” he explained.
“It’s not because of the patient load. It’s because of the workforce load.”
The healthcare professional explained that he has an issue with the assertion that vaccine mandates are for the health and safety of patients and staffers when the mandates are causing the hospitals to lose staffers.
“If you think about it, you have the political elite, the media elite, the people at the highest levels of the CDC, the pharmaceutical industry, they are running, they run the whole narrative,” he claimed.
“They’re the ones pushing it, they’re the ones who benefit the most from everyone taking a vaccine,” McDowell stated.
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