Mandatory Vaccination For New York State Health Care Workers Angers Nurses

A recent new law in New York State has health care workers outraged. The legislature has passed a mandatory vaccination law that forces medical professionals to be  immunized against the seasonal flu and H1N1 (swine flu) virus. The regulation which was passed last month  a warning  get vaccinated or get fired.

The reaction from health care workers  including Public Employee Federation condemn the regulation. Many remember the problems that the 1976 flu virus that led to several death then. Dr. Richard Daines, New York Health Commissioner says it’s silly not get immunized because what happened in 1976 vaccination; “is like saying a plane crashed 33 years ago so I’ll never fly again.”

The state regulation says all medical professionals must be immunized by November 30th or else.  New York state is the only state in the union that requires mandatory vaccination.

Many registered nurses say doesn’t they don’t need the flu shot because they constantly washed their hands.

On Wednesday, health care workers will rally against the forced vaccinations throughout New York state.  One location is Stony Brook University Hospital operated by State University of New York at Stony Brook held information meeting for employees.

“We cannot force employees to be vaccinated; however we do not have an infinite number of non-patient care positions available to reassign those who simply refuse the vaccine,” said hospital spokeswoman Lauren Sheprow.

However, Darcy Wells of the Public Employee Federation is opposed the mandatory vaccination but they are ask medical care employee to get their shots anyway.

Long Island Newsday

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