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New York State is the first state in the nation to have forced vaccinations. The "New York State Hospital Planning and Review Council" has ordered all hospital workers to be vaccinated by November 30, 2009 or they will be fired. So my wife will be fired November 30.
The State Hospital Review and Planning Council earlier this month adopted a new emergency regulation that requires New York State hospital workers to get the flu shot or get fired, and that it be a requirement for employment.
Originally posted by mrmonsoon
reply to post by pluckynoonez
My point of the post was to show the methods TPTB will be using.
We all assume it will be some Nazi scumbag @ your door. NO!
The way to do it is by making employment require it.
How many of us can be without a job.
I know it is only nurses...now.....but this is just a first step.
Watch the list expand....
Hospitals are quickly trying to assemble new workplace policies to comply with the regulation, and those that have been put in place threaten disciplinary action and even termination if workers, from janitors and food service workers to doctors and nurses, refuse to get the shots. The policy affects about 25,000 people in the region.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- As flu season approaches, West Virginia's largest hospital has given its employees a choice: Get a flu vaccine or find another job.
Charleston Area Medical Center wants to get roughly 6,000 workers immunized against seasonal flu to protect patients from the ailment, just as health care workers there are currently required to get vaccinations against everything from measles to rubella.
A mandatory flu vaccine policy like CAMC's is rare for U.S. hospitals, but it may soon become more common. A New York state law takes effect this month requiring hospitals to provide records showing all their workers have seasonal flu vaccinations or face fines, and the impending arrival of a swine flu vaccine has policymakers looking for ways to get it to large numbers of people in a short amount of time.
Emory Healthcare and Grady hospitals are requiring employees to take the seasonal flu vaccine, officials said Thursday.
Grady officials said similar mandates could follow for health care workers to take the swine flu vaccine, which is expected to be available in mid-October.
For example, Loyola University Health System announced Sept. 2 that annual flu shots will be mandatory for all employees, faculty, medical and nursing students at its main hospital and suburban health centers.
While the New York State Nurses Association recommends that nurses choose to be immunized for the flu, it opposes mandatory immunizations. In testimony delivered to the SHRPC Codes and Regulations Committee on July 23, we cautioned that, by itself, this extreme measure will not prevent the spread of the influenza virus in hospitals.
See our talking points about this issue that you can use in communicating with your employer and local legislators.