Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center has adopted a policy requiring employees who have direct contact with patients to be vaccinated against influenza.
Providence Health Center is going even further, requiring virtually every person who works at the hospital to be vaccinated regardless of job description.
The mandates are partly in response to a new state law that took effect Sept. 1. It requires hospitals to establish and enforce written vaccination policies for preventable diseases, though it does not specify which vaccines hospitals must mandate.
But the bigger impetus for the policy changes,, is a growing sentiment within the medical community that health professionals have a duty to get vaccinated.
How are things at your hospital? Are you expecting your hospital administration to mandate vaccinations?