A video filmed as an unvaccinated ICU nurse was escorted out of a Los Angeles hospital has gone viral.
The clip was initially shared on Instagram and Twitter by conservative author and podcaster David Harris Jr. The nurse, identified as Tara Vafaeenia, is seen being escorted out of UCLA Health hospital due to being unvaccinated.
"So, I'm being escorted out of UCLA for standing up for medical freedom, despite coming to work, willing to work," Vafaeenia says in the clip.
"And I just can't believe that this is what they're doing right now. And I'm gonna fight for all of us out there, and I will continue to fight. And this is not okay, came to work despite being unvaccinated and willing to work for patients, to help out staff and this is how we're treated."
In an Instagram caption alongside the video that has racked up more than 600,000 views so far, Harris wrote: "This ICU nurse, Tara, just sent this to me... [crying face emoji] SHAME on @uclahealth!"
He also quoted the message he said he received from Vafaeenia, which said: "As a nurse for UCLA Health I worked tirelessly on the frontlines to help combat what we were dealing with nationally—globally.
"In response to my efforts, loyalty and dedication to my career and organization i am slapped with being removed from patient care, forced to handover my badge and escorted off hospital campus by security because I will not comply with their tyrannical policies. My heart is heavy and the passion I once had for my profession has been lost."
The clip was also widely circulated on Twitter, including by the PatriotTakes account.
On her Instagram page, Vafaeenia shared a link to a fundraising page on a Christian crowdfunding site with the title "UCLA ICU Nurse Standing for Freedom."
"Hi. I'm nurse Tara. I have been a nurse for nearly 12 years of which majority of my time at the bedside has been Critical Care (ICU) nursing," a post on the page said.
"At this point my stance is for freedom. This is not about Republicans vs Democrats, Liberals vs Conservatives, Religious vs Non-Religious. This is about fundamental human rights of freedom of choice. I make decisions for the health and well-being of myself; my body and my mind. What I do with my body is up to me; not the government, not a corporation, and not my employer. This stands true for every single human being."