Honestly, I’m waiting to hear where the usual suspects regarding abortion rights and other “choice” advocates on this news when it gets more exposure.
Wisconsin employers, including hospitals and nursing homes, could no longer require workers to get flu shots under a bill pending in the Legislature.
Republican Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt, of Fond du Lac, says he began drafting the legislation after several hospital workers and health care contractors in his district complained they were fired after refusing to be vaccinated.
The bill would require employers to provide information about the risks and benefits of vaccination and allow employees reasonable time to consider it. They could not demote, suspend, discharge or discriminate against employees who refuse.
If passed, the bill would make Wisconsin the only state that bars employers of any type from requiring vaccinations.
Something tells that challenging the liberal mindset on “choice” wasn’t Rep. Thiesfeldt’s intent here. I have two sisters and two sister-in-laws who work in health care to some extent and am fairly sure not all of them are thrilled with the side effects of getting their annual mandatory flu shots. One or two of them have gotten the flu from their shots, not the patients they treat, and feel they would have been at work if not for it.
Frankly, they shouldn’t have to worry about getting terminated for not getting a shot if they are prone to certain side effects of the shot.
Understandably so, health care officials are worried about this law will put the public at risk since health care workers are the most likely to come in contact over and over again with those who have the flu. I believe a compromise option is possible, perhaps allowing for those who decide not to get the shot to sign a legal waver holding them responsible for taking a series of added precautions to avoid the spread of disease.
Overall, however, I agree with the intent of the bill. People should not be fired for declining to get a flu shot.