GOP lawmakers urge DC Health Dept. to go back threat to revoke medical licenses from firefighters, EMS

A group of Republicans in the House of Representatives has sent a letter to Washington, DC’s Department of Health asking them to reject the threat to revoke medical permits from firefighters and EMS workers who do not undergo coronavirus vaccination.

In the letter, Republican Representatives Andy Harris, Madison Cawthorn, Jeff Duncan, Marjorie Taylor Greene and Ronny Jackson called on the health department of the nation’s capital to allow exemptions for relief workers who choose to be unvaccinated and to retire on a threat to take medical licenses from those who have not complied with them by 30 September.

FILE - In this October 5, 2021, stock photo, a healthcare professional fills a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.  President Joe Biden's most aggressive move to date to fight the COVID-19 pandemic is almost ready to see the light of day.  The government is close to announcing the details of a new vaccination or testing rule covering more than 80 million Americans in companies with 100 or more workers.  (AP Photo / Lynne Sladky, File)

FILE – In this October 5, 2021, stock photo, a healthcare professional fills a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. President Joe Biden’s most aggressive move to date to fight the COVID-19 pandemic is almost ready to see the light of day. The government is close to announcing the details of a new vaccination or testing rule covering more than 80 million Americans in companies with 100 or more workers. (AP Photo / Lynne Sladky, File)

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Jackson and Harris are both doctors.

“Instead of continuing with the general COVID-19 vaccine mandate, which is currently scheduled to take effect at the end of the month, we urge you to change the policy to allow exemptions for persons demonstrating existing natural immunity, and also suggests that you consider implementing a regular testing regimen as an alternative to vaccination, ”the letter reads.

Republicans explain in the letter that the potential loss of relief workers could pose a threat to the safety of the residents of the district.

Protesters gathered outside Gracie Mansion Thursday morning to protest Mayor Bill de Blasio's vaccine mandate.

Protesters gathered outside Gracie Mansion Thursday morning to protest Mayor Bill de Blasio’s vaccine mandate.
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“As members of Congress who regularly travel to and work in Washington, DC, we are concerned about the impact COVID-19 vaccination policies announced by your office may have on emergency services in the district, specifically among DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services (FEMS), the letter said. Such a shortage of staff, in addition to creating a personal distress for these brave public servants, would pose a direct threat to DC’s public health and safety. “

Republicans explained that natural immunity to coronavirus is significantly stronger than vaccine immunity, according to several studies, and Republicans said they “respectfully urge the” DC Health Department “to immediately change the vaccine mandate of COVID-19 healthcare professionals to exempt FEMS employees who may provide evidence of natural immunity and consider allowing unvaccinated persons to continue their work subject to routine COVID-19 testing. “

FILE - In this file from March 3, 2021, a vial of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is displayed at South Shore University Hospital in Bay Shore, NYUS health advisors meet Friday, October 15 to tackle who needs it for boosters of Johnson & Johnson's single-shot COVID-19 vaccine and when.  Food and Drug Administration advisors will also examine data suggesting that a competing brand booster may provide better protection.  (AP Photo / Mark Lennihan, File)

FILE – In this file from March 3, 2021, a vial of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is displayed at South Shore University Hospital in Bay Shore, NYUS health advisors meet Friday, October 15 to tackle who needs it for boosters of Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot COVID-19 vaccine and when. Food and Drug Administration advisors will also examine data suggesting that a competing brand booster may provide better protection. (AP Photo / Mark Lennihan, File)

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The DC Health Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News.

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