Has anyone left their employment due to mandatory vaccinations - page 3

by anniemm

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I was wondering if any of my fellow nurses have left their place of employment because of mandated flu vaccination? If you have left, what and where did you go to work? I am very aware of the the statics for and and against the... Read More


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    Quote from mariebailey
    Of all the plights, causes, reasons for martyrdom, etc., I find refusing the flu shot a bizarre and futile battle to fight. I would not refuse a flu shot, unless it was contaminated with something that causes fungal meningitis or something else of that nature.
    Isn't it wonderful that you have the freedom to not have to agree with those who refuse?
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    After being at a local hospital as an RN for many many years, my last day will be 11/30/12 due to this issue. I have a medical excuse from receiving the vaccine, but i do not agree to the wearing of a mask "at all times".
    I think enough is enough--mandating that you are inoculated and then shielding of the vaccine companies from any responsibility --kinda says it all to me.
    Where is the evidenced based results of the effectiveness of this vaccine? If you seriously look--there are no impartial reports.
    It's big business pure and simple and governmental agencies that are out of control.
    You have to take a stand somewhere and this issue, for me, draws the line in the sand.
    Anniehow, ~*Stargazer*~, anniemm, and 1 other like this.
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    Kudos to you, olddragger. More people should make this choice.....
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    I'm a student and several vaccinations (or titers) as well as the flu vaccine are mandatory. I personally have no issue with any of them.

    Perhaps if I was sensitive to vaccines or had experienced a bad reaction to them I'd feel differently. As it is, I think the the benefit outweighs the risk for me and for pts.
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    I have left my position after staying until the deadline for the flu shot of 12/1.
    My Dr's excuse was accepted and I would have been allowed to wear a N95 mask with a special ID badge. I choose to not be "branded" like that.
    I had been at this facility for many many years and I knew that the stress of trying to wear a n95 type mask and doing my job of instructing/teaching/analysis would cause me to build resentments. I didn't want that to happen.
    How many of you have tried to wear this type of mask for 8-10 hours straight? I tried. I quickly realized how this would affect my job performance and how others would react toward me. It was very stressful. Visitors--especially young/older ones-- and other staff members viewed me oddly. I had to constantly explain and many didn't understand. Some acted afraid of me.
    The wearing of a mask all day in ALL areas ( no where near a patient) is punitive, plain and simple. The risks of transmitting Influenza to a patient from 100's of feet away is ridiculously low. There would probably a better chance of winning the lottery! JK-LOL.
    The more I educate myself ( not all internet hype--lol) about the flu vaccinations, the more I understand how businesses and politics can manipulate things for their own selfless interest. I have lost a LOT of respect for the CDC in Atlanta.

    To me this is a new low concerning regulating health care in the United States.
    To others I will say this--be careful with vaccinations, they are not all risk free (just like all medications etc) as you may think.
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    Quote from olddragger
    I have left my position after staying until the deadline for the flu shot of 12/1.
    My Dr's excuse was accepted and I would have been allowed to wear a N95 mask with a special ID badge. I choose to not be "branded" like that.
    I had been at this facility for many many years and I knew that the stress of trying to wear a n95 type mask and doing my job of instructing/teaching/analysis would cause me to build resentments. I didn't want that to happen.
    How many of you have tried to wear this type of mask for 8-10 hours straight? I tried. I quickly realized how this would affect my job performance and how others would react toward me. It was very stressful. Visitors--especially young/older ones-- and other staff members viewed me oddly. I had to constantly explain and many didn't understand. Some acted afraid of me.
    The wearing of a mask all day in ALL areas ( no where near a patient) is punitive, plain and simple. The risks of transmitting Influenza to a patient from 100's of feet away is ridiculously low. There would probably a better chance of winning the lottery! JK-LOL.
    The more I educate myself ( not all internet hype--lol) about the flu vaccinations, the more I understand how businesses and politics can manipulate things for their own selfless interest. I have lost a LOT of respect for the CDC in Atlanta.

    To me this is a new low concerning regulating health care in the United States.
    To others I will say this--be careful with vaccinations, they are not all risk free (just like all medications etc) as you may think.
    Unbelievable....that healthcare has deteriorated to this.....until every visitor, patient is also immunized before they are let into the facility or forced to wear a mask. The health professional should be free of discrimination and having protected from the freedom of choice being removed from our lives.

    I applaud you for trying....
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    We hv nurses at our facility that wear the mask for various reasons. They aren't branded or made to feel different. I'm grateful for the immunizations and as a person and a nurse I would not want to spread anything to ppl or patients. Maybe you should think of others and their needs- not yours.
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    Well now, being accused of not thinking of others needs over my own is kinda new for me. I must respond in this way.
    If I could please make a suggestion? Please take time to educate yourself more on the droplet spread of communicable diseases before you pass judgement on me for saying that the wearing of a mask by a non direct care hcw that is physically located in an office 100's of feet away from patients does very very little in preventing the spreading of influenza.
    Since I would be allowed to remove the mask in order to eat in a central dining area with many other DIRECT CARE hcw's , then I think that would provide a bigger % of chance to spread influenza!
    I also would not be required to wear the mask once I step outside the facility. Now, our facility is huge and has several parking decks that employees utilize. I would be passing people coming into the hospital in the going and coming from my car. But I would not be required to wear a mask outside the actual hospital door. So these people would be exposed to my maskless face.
    Honestly--what sense does this make?
    If you don't want to spread anything to other people or patients, then you must lead a very stringent life. Kudos to you for that type of discipline. I know that has to be tremendously difficult.
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    Quote from nurseywifeymommy1
    We hv nurses at our facility that wear the mask for various reasons. They aren't branded or made to feel different. I'm grateful for the immunizations and as a person and a nurse I would not want to spread anything to ppl or patients. Maybe you should think of others and their needs- not yours.
    Shouldn't we then, as the healthcare providers, have the same courtesy paid to us...that we are protected from disease from the general public. If it is an infringement of the public's right and they cannot be forced to wear a mask...... then why should I be forced to wear a public marking like a scarlet letter?
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    Quote from olddragger
    I have left my position after staying until the deadline for the flu shot of 12/1.
    My Dr's excuse was accepted and I would have been allowed to wear a N95 mask with a special ID badge. I choose to not be "branded" like that.
    I had been at this facility for many many years and I knew that the stress of trying to wear a n95 type mask and doing my job of instructing/teaching/analysis would cause me to build resentments. I didn't want that to happen.
    How many of you have tried to wear this type of mask for 8-10 hours straight? I tried. I quickly realized how this would affect my job performance and how others would react toward me. It was very stressful. Visitors--especially young/older ones-- and other staff members viewed me oddly. I had to constantly explain and many didn't understand. Some acted afraid of me.
    The wearing of a mask all day in ALL areas ( no where near a patient) is punitive, plain and simple. The risks of transmitting Influenza to a patient from 100's of feet away is ridiculously low. There would probably a better chance of winning the lottery! JK-LOL.
    The more I educate myself ( not all internet hype--lol) about the flu vaccinations, the more I understand how businesses and politics can manipulate things for their own selfless interest. I have lost a LOT of respect for the CDC in Atlanta.

    To me this is a new low concerning regulating health care in the United States.
    To others I will say this--be careful with vaccinations, they are not all risk free (just like all medications etc) as you may think.
    Even though we do not see eye-to-eye on the vaccine debate, I feel that your situation was handled terribly. I am absolutely baffled that your hospital had you wear an N95 respirator; it makes absolutely no sense considering the N95 is meant to protect the wearer, not those around him/her. I seriously cannot believe your hospital has an ICP that does not know how to choose between a surgical mask and a NIOSH-approved one.
    On another topic, I have never seen a legitimate, well-established news publication linking the CDC financially to the pharmaceutical industry. I only see that on angry mom websites and no-name internet news sources. Finally, who has ever claimed that vaccines were risk-free? The CDC hasn't.
    RunnerRN2b2014, Esme12, and Laidback Al like this.


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