WARMINGTON: Unvaccinated hero paramedic faces uncertain future

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Scarlett Martyn has been saving lives for 23 years.

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Fearing she’s now worked her final shift, the 43-year-old veteran of Toronto’s Paramedic Services and others in her position now wonder if Mayor John Tory or any of their bosses will do anything to save them?

Not so far.

“I have been told my next time in I will be given my suspension letter for not meeting the vaccine mandates, and six weeks later, will be terminated should I not comply,” she said Wednesday.

Her career could be over unless there’s a last-minute Hail Mary.

For a few minutes Wednesday, some thought Premier Doug Ford had thrown her one by announcing Ontario would not make vaccine mandates mandatory for health-care workers.

It didn’t take long for the City of Toronto to sack that idea.

“The city’s COVID-19 vaccination policy is not affected by today’s provincial announcement,” said Toronto spokesperson Beth Waldman. “All city staff, contractors, and volunteers are required to comply.”

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Martyn added she has been told by “supervisors, nobody wants to see me or my peers fired.”

The mother of four children, ages seven to 13, has been bestowed the Exemplary Service Medal when she reached her 20th anniversary on the job.

Citing the adverse reactions some have experienced, Martyn doesn’t feel the one-size-fits-all approach demonstrates medical freedom.

“I am for people having a choice on their medical decisions,” she said. “This is forced, and I have reminded people of the ethical and moral dilemma in that.”

Martyn said since she already had COVID-19, she has antibodies that should warrant an exemption from the decree. She also wrote a four-page letter to try to convince the powers that be to reconsider suspending her and hundreds of other first responders.

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“I am no anti-vaxxer,” she said. “As a paramedic, I have had numerous required vaccinations.”

But she does have concerns about COVID vaccines.

“In my position, I have seen patients develop heart inflammation,” said Martyn. “One of the first patients I dealt with, who had taken the vaccine, suffered a cerebral venous thrombotic stroke. This specific type of stroke is now recognized as a new syndrome of vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT). This obviously and reasonably makes me concerned that I may also have a serious adverse event.”

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While the governing view is adverse episodes are rare, Martyn said she has seen examples that have led to her decide “I am not going to put that in my body.”

She said after contracting COVID but with minor symptoms, she’s all about keeping people and others safe from getting it. She told her employer she’s committed “to taking other safety precautions such as regular antigen testing and PPE.” 

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Her pleas have so far fallen on deaf ears.

“I received back a form letter,” she said. “That did hurt because I was trying to offer solutions.”

Now her supervisors have told her when she shows up for her next shift, she will be sent home with no pay and dismissal with cause to follow.  

It’s all happening so fast.

As a society we went from lauding our frontline medical heroes to making them outcasts. All of this madness has come about in less than a year and with that in mind, Ford’s decision should apply to paramedics, firefighters, and police.

There’s got to be a better solution than firing them. These are good people who have their reasons. They also are people with families and feelings.

“It’s soul-crushing,”added Martyn.

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