1.19.2022

"I couldn’t imagine teaching about integrity and moral courage if I had seen something troubling that unfolded around me and my actions didn’t back up what I taught in the classroom."

Interesting article to ponder over coffee.....  

"...when public policies moved in the direction of mandates, I thought they were coercive and didn’t take account of basic medical facts [regarding who was most at risk]. I thought there were perverse financial incentives at work, and I was concerned about the silencing and suppression of dissenting voices regarding these policies."

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"I couldn’t imagine teaching about integrity and moral courage if I had seen something troubling that unfolded around me and my actions didn’t back up what I taught in the classroom."

Dr. Aaron Kheriaty Discusses COVID-19, Vaccine Mandates and His Dismissal From UC-Irvine

An ethicist who was fired last month from the University of California-Irvine School of Medicine explains why he made a principled stand in opposition to mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations.

 
Aaron Kheriaty, a Catholic psychiatrist and medical ethicist. (photo: Courtesy photo / Aaron Kheriaty)

".... At the beginning of 2021, I served on the Orange County Vaccine Taskforce. I was involved in developing the vaccine-allocation policy at the university back when the demand for vaccines outstripped supply and there were ethical questions about who should get the vaccines first.

But when public policies moved in the direction of mandates, I thought they were coercive and didn’t take account of basic medical facts [regarding who was most at risk]. I thought there were perverse financial incentives at work, and I was concerned about the silencing and suppression of dissenting voices regarding these policies. 

This August, when I decided to file the lawsuit, I was projecting ahead to the ethics course I would be teaching [this time of year] and tried to imagine myself standing up in the lecture hall and talking about informed consent, a foundational principle of bioethics, and the need for moral courage. The students would need to speak up if they saw something happening that they believed was wrong or potentially harmful to patients, even though they are at the bottom of the hospital hierarchy. 

I couldn’t imagine teaching about integrity and moral courage if I had seen something troubling that unfolded around me and my actions didn’t back up what I taught in the classroom."

 

https://www.ncregister.com/interview/dr-aaron-kheriaty-discusses-covid-19-vaccine-mandates-and-his-dismissal-from-uc-irvine