II went to employee health just today to address the issue. I've been a rebel of sorts during my lifetime, but this time I thought I would actually give evidence-based practices a try. I arrived at the office. I asked the IC nurse if she had the nasal version. She had to go check. Then she said that she does and asked which one did I prefer. I told her that I really didn't want either. Then she wanted to know why. I told her of my military brothers and dad who receive the vaccine every year and get the flu every year. She began her spill about the vaccine being 60% effective; I began my spill about the literature that I read requires the vaccine every year because it is not known which particular for of the flu is circulating. I asked her if they don't know, why are they pushing the issue? She began to 'educate' me. When her supervisor left the room, she told me that in that office of 5, 3 of them went out with the flu shortly after being vaccinated! As she spoke, her supervisor returned to the room and, of course, her 'educating' me resumed. I told her to give me the declination letter so that I can sign it and move away from the door. She informs me that I will be required to wear a mask if I am within 6 feet of the patient. She was shocked when I said ok and wanted to know if that bothered me. I told her no, because at my other job, we put the mask on at the time clock and it comes off when we clock out. Besides, I have slanted eyes and the mask just adds to the mystery.
For those who are forced to receive it or resign, two things: if enough people resign, they may rethink their approach if they want to maintain experienced help. Secondly, if they are taking it that seriously, has anybody asked what they are doing to address the average visitor who comes through the doors? I feel that if it is taken to that extreme, then they should enforce the vaccination or mask on the visitors just as they do their non-smoking, drug-free, weapons-free policy for staff and visitors alike.
Ironic. They are making us wear masks to keep from contracting a virus that they are trying to force us to take.