I only have time to slap this up here quickly on my break from work. Luckily, I do type pretty fast.
Frankly, I am not antivax, as people like to call Lyme advocates. I simply don’t know enough about all vaccines out there. I AM anti-mandatory vaccines. Especially in the work place where it is attached to things like your pay.
The place I work (a healthcare facility) about 2 years ago adopted a mandatory flu vaccine policy. You can get a medical or religious exemption, but if you do not qualify for those, you either get the vaccine or you don’t get a cost-of-living raise for the year.
That said, the place I work once again proved what an absolutely, above the rest joy to work for as they approved my exemption. I still would like for them to reconsider their policy, especially as it relates to those who work at home/out of state, but I believe I also covered that when talking to them so it is now in their hands.
I don’t know if I would prefer the nurse/doctor/whatever working with me in the hospital to have/not have the flu vaccine. But I DO know I would like them to be able to choose and at least show that they took time to go over all the information (not just the CDC’s point of view) and make a professional and personal judgment.
I also would like to see waaay more research on more/fewer cases of flu “spread” as it relates to more/fewer workers in healthcare facilities getting the flu vaccine. Plus a lot of other research studies relating to effectiveness and harm. I would like it to be done as blindly as possible and have a panel proven free of conflicts of interest doing the research.
I know that may be asking a lot, but I think this should have been done without even asking years ago.
Gotta get back to my awesome job now! Seriously. I don’t think I met one unprofessional, unfriendly, unappreciative, over-and-above helpful person since I started 1-1/2 years ago. And that’s saying a lot these days.
A million times thankful for my job and my co-workers who choose to do it so awesomely well every single day!