UCLA anesthesiologists escorted from work to voice opposition to COVID vaccine obligations

A Medebuck helicopter landed on the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on Sunday, April 26, 2020, Westwood, California.  (Robert Gautier / Los Angeles Times)

A Medebuck helicopter lands at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. (Robert Gautier / Los Angeles Times)

A UCLA anesthesiologist, who has voiced opposition to the COVID-19 vaccine obligation, was taken out of work on Monday as he tried to enter the building without vaccination.

In a video that looks like he’s captured himselfDr. Christopher B. Lake can be seen being escorted by three individuals from Westwood’s 200UCLA Medical Plaza.

“This is what happens when you stand up for freedom, and when you go to work and go to work without being vaccinated, and this is the price you have to pay from time to time. “He says. “But what they don’t realize is that I’m willing to lose everything — work, salary, freedom, and even my life for this purpose.”

Rake has previously spoken out about his beliefs. August 29, he was recorded At a vaccination rally in Santa Monica He talked about his opposition to the August 5 California order that all healthcare workers must be vaccinated against COVID-19 by September 30. On the contrary, Lake has set up an immunization organization called Citizens United for Freedom. In the video, Lake tells the crowd: So they are telling me, “Take a jab or we do your job.” And I’m here to say no. It’s not okay. “

UCLA Health said in a statement that active employees not working in remote areas should be vaccinated or exempted in accordance with state public health orders. “People who are out of compliance are subject to progressive disciplinary action, such as restricting access to the workplace or taking vacations,” the statement said.

As a result, it is unclear what the consequences of Rake faced. The rake did not respond to the request for comment.

UCLA Health employees need to get the flu vaccine every year And provide documentation The effect of vaccination or immunity against certain infectious diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, whooping cough and meningitis.

This year, influenza and COVID-19 vaccines have been added to the student’s list of UCLA immune requirements.

At a rally against vaccination on August 29, Lake urged spectators not to demand a vaccination exemption. He argued that seeking an exemption “agreeed with a totalitarian lie that other groups had authority over your body.”

UCLA Health answered In a video of the rake at the rally, he said his comments did not express that view.

Lake received a medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in 2004 and completed training at the UCLA Medical Center in 2009. He has been a board-certified anesthesiologist since 2010.

This story was originally Los Angeles Times..