A long-serving Michigan meteorologist was terminated for failing to comply with his employer’s vaccine mandate on Sept. 16.
Karl Bohnak finished up at WLUC-TV6 after spending decades at the company, because he declined to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Since I chose not to take one of the shots, I was fired,” he said on Facebook. “It is with a heavy heart I announce, after over 33 years, I am no longer employed at TV6.”
The former chief meteorologist maintains his performed his duties very well. His Atlanta-based employer Gray Television only punished him for making an informed medical decision.
“I have decided against the vaccine option, first and foremost, because the manufacturers of these injections have absolutely no liability if injury or death occurs after the shot,” he said. “I asked myself, ‘Would I buy brakes for my vehicle if the brake company had no liability if the brakes failed?’ No, so I will certainly not allow a medicine in my body from a company that does not stand behind its product.”
The weatherman acknowledges others are free to receive the experimental jab if they wish. He insists he has a right to decide for himself.
“Many of you have taken one of these injections, and that is absolutely your right,” he said. “It is also my right to choose the medical options I feel are right for me–I have authority over my body.”
The business, which has 150 network affiliates, introduced a vaccine mandate for all employees on Aug. 16. Everyone who wanted to keep their job had to comply with the policy that takes effect on Oct. 1.
“[The mandate applies to] all outside contractors, tenants, and guests who enter our workspaces,” the company said according to the Washington Post.
Bohnak hopes his experiences will help others make better informed decisions.
“Those who love America and the freedom and liberty it stands for, must speak up,” he said. “Hopefully, it is not too late.”
Other major employers have terminated workers for failing to comply with vaccine requirements. Disney, Google, Uber, and Walmart are some major companies that have introduced such mandates.
Joe Biden recently required federal employees and enterprises with more than 100 employees to make the jab compulsory on Sept. 9. His administration issued guidance, indicating federal employees who refuse to be vaccinated could be terminated.
The paper’s COVID-19 tracker shows 51% of Michiganders are fully vaccinated, compared to the 54% national average.
Rep. Jack Bergman (R-Mich.) strongly supports Bohnak’s decision to not be vaccinated.
“The U.P. stands with Karl Bohnak!” he said.