Tuesday, November 23, 2010

DENIED!

I heard from the hospital I work for today. I have been DENIED!!
This means that I am getting fired from my job because I refuse to give into forced vaccines. WOW. I am speechless.
Of course, they worded it this way, "Your reason for not getting the flu shot has been denied, and you will be taken off the pay schedule". I said, "What you mean is I am getting fired for not complying with a forced vaccine, right?" She paused for a moment, and then said, "Well, yeah, I guess you can say that".
I asked if this is legal, and she said that they consulted with attorneys before updating their flu shot policy this year, so she thinks it's all legal.
Unfortunately, I am stuck. There is no organization that I know of to back me up. There are no resources to access, and no guidance as to what to do in this situation. The research I have done shows that in this state, hospitals across the board are all going for 100% compliance with the flu shot, for all employees, this includes back office staff that never come in contact with patients. The funny thing is, all patients that go to the hospital I work for have the right to refuse any medication offered to them, but employees don't.

6 comments:

Teresa said...

sorry Michelle!! I know how much you love your job!!!

Cora said...

So sorry Michelle, that is crazy.

rachel said...

Oh I'm so sorry to hear this! I hope you can find some way around it that doesn't mean losing your job!
(or...that another one will reveal itself quickly!) xx

Karen said...

Oh Michelle, I am so sorry to hear that this is the choice they made. It's insane that they think it is appropriate to force you to put something like that in your body if you do not want it. It's just one more way that they are trying to take away personal choice. So sad.

Peggy said...

It just doesn't make sense that they are pushing us to do things we don't want or feel we should be subjected to. Am very sorry about your job.

ourchinagirls said...

We had an employee who had worked for 30 years that was "forced" to either retire or be fired because she refused to take the flu vaccine. The director of nursing told her that they would be glad to hire her back on after the flu season as a part time employee until the next flu season!! Duh!! Congratulations for standing your ground! I salute you!