A man from NJ who was fired because of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate says testing should always be an option
January 06, 2022, 3:18 a.m.Updated 38 m ago
While the United States Supreme Court hears arguments about President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates, a New Jersey man takes a stand against his job.
The Supreme Court case relates to the President’s attempt to make the vaccine mandatory in large corporations and for healthcare workers. But that conflict is still playing out on a smaller scale in New Jersey.
“I’m not a COVID denier. I believe in testing, ”says Ralph Ventre.
Ventre says he’s willing to pay for weekly testing. However, this is not possible at his workplace. Ventre is now unemployed after 15 years in the Northeast Conference, a New Jersey-based NCAA league. He was the conference’s deputy communications commissioner. However, he was fired for refusing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Government officials, teachers, and healthcare workers may need to be vaccinated, but in most cases they can choose to get tested for the virus instead.
However, this is not the case with the Northeast Conference. The organization tells News 12 New Jersey that Ventre is unable to do his job due to vaccine mandates at four of the league’s colleges. The mandate would prevent him from attending regular season or championship events on campus.
But Ventre says there are other ways to work around this problem.
“I could be assigned a game at Saint Francis, Pennsylvania that has no mandates,” says Ventre.
He admits the league can do what it wants. But he wonders how far that will go. The Supreme Court will largely have the final say on vaccine mandates. The arguments are set for Friday.
More and more people who are vaccinated are testing positive for COVID-19. However, health experts say it is still true that more unvaccinated people get the virus than vaccinated ones. In New Jersey, 25% of the cases were vaccinated in mid-December. The latest numbers from New York are similar.
But Ventre says he’s steadfast. He says he beat the virus once and will do it again. That also applies to his next job – wherever it may be, a vaccination mandate is a deal breaker.