Definitely wrong! I would think a lawsuit is in the making?
Healthcare workers or not, I don’t understand being able to force anyone to do anything to their body without a court order and a darned good reason.
disclaimer I worked has a public health nurse so my bias is clearly toward vaccination
really whether the hospital is within its legal rights depends on the employment contract that employees signed. If their contract stated that they agreed to receive the flu shot annually as a condition of employment than yes the hospital is within their rights to fire employees out of compliance.
there are valid contraindications for not receiving a flu shot allergic reactions being among them
influenza vaccine requires two weeks to mount a proper immune response to provide protection. also the vaccine is not 100 percent effective in preventing the flu and effectiveness is individual and generally decreases with age
injectable influenza vaccine can not cause flu because it is made from dead virus not capable of causing infection. the mist is different and can cause flu because it contains live ( although altered) virus especially in immunocompromised individuals
the flu is a serious illness that causes approx 30,000 deaths/year and countless $ losses in productivity due to absences from work/school/daycare
off soapbox now
“Lawsuit in the making”
The problem is that the government has proclaimed the (unproven) fact that doctors and hospitals are most probably to blame if one of their patients gets flu, and that they will not be liable if only they achieve 100% immunization of employees.
Turn that fact over to the healthcare organization lawyers, and they will do the rest.