Has anyone not gotten the Hep. B vaccine and still allowed to go to clinicals?

  1. I am currently enrolled in a private college in Massachusetts, and am supposed to start my clinicals in January. I was wondering if anyone has ever tried to waive the hep b. vaccine. I do not wish to get into a debate pro/con vaccine. I just am wondering if anyone has successfully waived the hep. b vaccine?
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  3. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Two people in my class had.
  4. by   planecrazy
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    Two people in my class had.
    What state do you go to school in?
  5. by   Marie_LPN, RN
  6. by   Nashima
    Likewise, in Florida (or my school at least), you can waive the Hep B vaccine.
  7. by   Lisa CCU RN
    I do believe it is your choice and they can't make you get it hence the waiving.
  8. by   BonnieSc
    Just so you know, though, I gave my very first injection to someone with HepB, and have had many B+ patients since. One of my clinical instructors had a B+ needlestick. So the danger is really out there.
  9. by   Jessy_RN
    My friend tried but she was not allowed not to have it. She ended up getting it. Your neighboring state CT
  10. by   Plucker
    We had the choice to waive....you just had to fill out a form.

    I'm in SC. I don't think they can require you to do it.
  11. by   truern
    You can waive it in NC as well.
  12. by   RedSox33RN
    It can be waived in NH.

    I had the series done last year, but never converted. I was given the option of doing the series again, but while thinking about it, I got a job on a Med/Surg unit as an LNA. The Occ Health office offered it to me for free, and said I may only need one or two shots in the series to convert this time. Anyway, I decided to do it again. My school said either way was fine, but I did have to sign a waiver if I didn't want to do it or didn't convert and knew that I didn't.

    I believe we had several that did not want to do the series, and they were fine. I wonder if it is a state thing, or a school thing? There was one school in NH I applied to that stated one had to do the series for clinical.
  13. by   Tweety
    Quote from Nashima
    Likewise, in Florida (or my school at least), you can waive the Hep B vaccine.

    I waived it at Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences for my RN to BSN, I presume if could have done it there with my BSN.

    I did the same in Fayetteville, NC

    The telltale sign that they will accept a waiver is if they offer it. It was part of the physical screening form for us. We had to provide documentation we got it or refuse.
  14. by   Leda
    Although each nursing program in the Commonwealth establishes their specific policies, the following is a summarization of the Massachusetts General Law for immunization requirements. I would suggest you obtain a copy of the current law, review it, and compare it to your school's policies.

    You will note that the law allows for an exemption for medical and religious reasons. Whether or not your program would include this in their policies is something you would have to explore.

    Immunization Requirements for College Students:
    Under the Massachusetts General Law, 105 CMR 220.600, in order to be registered at an institution of higher learning, every (1) full-time undergraduate or graduate student and (2) every full-time or part-time undergraduate or graduate student in a health science program who is in contact with patients, must present a physician's certificate that such student has received the following immunizations:
    1. at least one dose of mumps and rubella vacine(s) given at or after 12 months of age;
    2. two doses of live measles vaccine given at least one month apart beginning at or after 12 months of age;
    3. a booster dose of Td within the last ten years; and
    4. 3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine. (If the Hepatitis B vaccine has not been received, arrangements must be made prior to enrollment.)
    The requirements of the Massachusetts General Law 105 CMR 220.600, shall not apply where:
    1. the student provides written documentation that he or she meets the standards for medical or religious exemption set forth in M.G.L.c.76, 15C;
    2. the student provides appropriate documentation, including a copy of a school immunization record, indicating receipt of the required immunizations; or
    3. in the case of measles, mumps, rubella, and hepatitis, the student presents laboratory evidence of immunity.