Quote from Surg-OncRN
Today, there is an article posted on how 22,000 nurses are taking a stand against mandatory vaccination. These nurses are willing to lose their jobs to stand up for their Pro-choice rights.
I'm, curious, do these 22.000 nurses also decline/refuse to take the hepB vaccine series? Or do they protect themselves
particular infection? If they do, what's the rationale behind that choice?
Since I've never heard of NAMV before I saw your post OP, I did a quick Google search.. and came up with this:
Partial quote from the above link:
Since we have started the #ShowMeYourMask campaign, we have received criticism, which we expected. There are those who want to argue, name call, use profanity, and not look at the truth of what we are facing- forced medical treatment in order to keep our jobs so that our employers can get a financial bonus.
One of the other questions that we have been asked is “Can I ask for an unvaccinated nurse?” or “Now that I know the nurses with masks are unvaccinated, can I ask for one of them?”
Of course along with that, we are getting people making claims that they will discriminate against these nurses and heatlhcare workers who have had their privacy violated, and request that they not be allowed to work with them or their families. We hope, and pray that this happens. Why you may ask? Because this is setting a perfect storm for a privacy violation and a discrimination lawsuit. The second that a patient asks this, and is granted this request, the HCP that is removed from caring for them now has a potential to make a huge change and set a precedent.
Two things to consider: 1.) this is no different than someone telling a hospital that they won’t work with an African American nurse, or they won’t work with someone of another sex than them. 2.) The privacy of the employee has been exposed to this patient, which is an HR violation, plain and simple. This patient now knows that, for whatever reason, this employee has not been vaccinated, and is using that to discriminate against them. This healthcare worker may have a legitimate medical or religious reason for not being vaccinated- but no matter!
If this happens to you, you need to do several things. First, document everything. Please be gracious, but also document everything. Including the patient that put in this request, because they WILL be held liable for their illegal actions. Document the supervisor that asked you to step aside, the patient that put in the request, and the situation surrounding this. Secondly, and don’t wait for this, file an EEOC complaint IMMEDIATELY for discrimination purposes. Be sure to document in your EEOC complaint the religious or medical reason for your declination of the vaccine! Third, find an employment lawyer. Find one who specializes in discrimination complaints. Put them on standby, and let them know that this will be a landmark case, and there will be thousands of us waiting to line up and hire them.
On top of this, you can very likely sue the patient in civil court for discrimination, pain and suffering, and a host of other civil terms in order to recoup some financial loss, and to embarrass this patient publicly for their blatant ignorance and discriminatory practice. The recommendation would be to contact every single news media in your area and let them know what this person did. (Without violating HIPAA, of course.)
Is this really how this organization feels or is it the opinion of one or a few members? Am I missing something here?
I'm actually shocked by the suggestion to sue a vulnerable patient who may be immunocompromised and scared of being infected with influenza simply because they requested that their nurse be vaccinated. That's just wrong. I seriously hope that I misread/misunderstood the link I quoted.
"Discriminating" against someone based on "vaccine-status" is in my opinion not even remotely the same as discriminating against a person based on their race. The latter is discrimination in my opinion, the former isn't.
Edited to add:
OP, you say that NAMV is neither anti-vaccine or pro-vaccine but the more I read they really do sound rather "anti".
In the hospital I work the influenza vaccine actually isn't mandatory but is offered to all HCW's each fall. I take it, every year. It's not a difficult decision, I do what I can to protect my patients and myself.