Regardless of federal mandates, many companies across the nation are imposing their own rules requiring employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
In response to his refusal to abide by one such policy, fans of Michigan weatherman Karl Bohnak will no longer see him on TV.
“I have authority over my body”
After 33 years of service, the WLUC chief meteorologist was reportedly fired when he declined to get the shot.
Bohnak addressed the situation in a Facebook post confirming that Gray Television, the station’s corporate owner, began requiring the vaccination for employees.
“Many of you have taken one of these injections, and that is absolutely your right,” he wrote. “It is also my right to choose the medical options I feel are right for me. I have authority over my body.”
The meteorologist went on to explain that he had some concerns about possible side effects, claiming that manufacturers are not being held liable for their products.
“I asked myself, would I buy brakes for my vehicle if the brake company had no liability if the brakes failed?” Bohnak wrote. “No! So, I will certainly not allow a medicine in my body from a company that does not stand behind its product.”
“Collapsing before our eyes”
His stance is sure to bolster millions of other Americans who have similarly declined public pressure to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Many U.S. workers say they feel forced to choose between their livelihoods and the freedom to choose which medicines to put into their bodies.
President Joe Biden recently upped the ante with a mandate forcing private companies with more than 100 workers to require either vaccinations or weekly COVID-19 tests. His administration has also reportedly been discussing a federal no-fly list for unvaccinated Americans.
A number of Republican leaders have vowed to oppose the sweeping mandate even as a number of prominent companies appear eager to seize an opportunity to force the vaccine on their employees.
For his part, Bohnak said he hopes Americans of all political persuasions will recognize the perceived tyranny being imposed in the name of public health.
“I just wanted to go about my business, ‘live and let live’, and keep my mouth shut,” he concluded. “But this act by the federal government through corporate America has brought me to a crossroads. Our way of life, our freedom and liberty, is collapsing before our eyes.”