‘I would rather go to prison’: Elon Musk declares unwillingness to fire workers for refusing COVID-19 vaccine

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Business tycoon Elon Musk said that he would rather land in prison than dismiss workers for refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

“My concern was more the outrageous demand that people *must* take the vaccine and multiple boosters to do anything at all. That was messed up,” Musk wrote in a Tuesday post on X. “Until the Supreme Court invalidated Biden’s exec order, SpaceX and many other companies would have been forced to fire anyone who refused to get vaccinated! We would not have done so. I would rather go to prison than fire good people who didn’t want to be jabbed.”

Musk noted that he caught COVID-19 before ever getting any COVID-19 vaccine shots.

He said the third jab he received nearly landed him in the hospital.

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“As for myself, I got original Covid before the vaccine was out (mild cold symptoms) and had to get three vaccines for travel. The third shot almost sent me to hospital. How many other people out there have symptoms that are actually from the vaccine or Covid treatment, rather than Covid itself?” Musk questioned.

He has previously said that he received a Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine shot and two mRNA shots.

“I had major side effects from my second booster shot. Felt like I was dying for several days. Hopefully, no permanent damage, but I dunno,” Musk noted in a post earlier this year.

Musk said in his post on Tuesday that he is a believer in vaccines, but does not think that debate over a vaccine’s effectiveness should be squashed.

“It’s not like I don’t believe in vaccines – I do. However, the cure cannot be potentially worse than the disease. And public debate over efficacy should not be shut down. There is also great potential for curing many diseases using synthetic mRNA, so let’s not throw the baby out with the bath water,” Musk wrote.

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