- Karl Bohnak, a meteorologist who spent 33 years at WLUC, a subsidiary of NBC, was fired.
- He said the TV station fired him because he refused to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
- “I have authority over my body,” Bohnak wrote in a Facebook post announcing his dismissal.
A meteorologist who spent more than 30 years working at a Michigan television station was fired after refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Earlier this week, Karl Bohnak in a Facebook post said NBC affiliate WLUC terminated his employment after his 33-year tenure there.
“I am leaving TV6 because the channel’s owner Gray Television has made COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for anyone entering a property owned by the company,” wrote Bohnak, a skeptic of the vaccines. “Since I chose not to take one of the hits, I was fired.”
“Many of you have had one of these injections, and it is absolutely your right. It is also my right to choose the medical options that are right for me,” he continued. “I have authority over my body.”
Gray Television, an Atlanta-based publicly traded broadcasting company, did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment. Earlier this month, the Biden administration said all employers with more than 100 employees must require workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine or undergo weekly tests. Some businesses and Republicans have criticized the rule as an overshoot, while executives and CEOs, including the Business Roundtable, have welcomed the move.
Health officials have been calling for the public to be vaccinated against the coronavirus for months. So far, more than 55% of the total United States population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to The data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
There is, however, a group of skeptics who believe vaccines are dangerous or unnecessary. Research shows that the vaccine offers significant protection against the coronavirus. Unvaccinated people, for example, are 11 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than those who are vaccinated. Unvaccinated people are also 29 times more likely to be hospitalized with severe symptoms of COVID-19.
In addition, COVID-19 epidemics have hit unvaccinated populations particularly hard. And the Delta variant has spread rapidly in states with the lowest vaccination rates.