One hundred and fifty employees at Tri-Health received termination letters after not getting a mandatory flu shot.
According to a company official, employees were asked to get a flu shot which was offered on-site at the workplace and was free of charge. Employees that didn't get the required flu shot got termination letters this week.
Those employees who were terminated can go through an appeals process and get re-instated, but that process begins with verification of getting the flu shot.
For the record, my wife works for Tri Health. She told me that many of the people who have not received these shots are third shift employees who can't make it into employee health due to scheduling problems; it's not a rejection of the shots themselves.
None the less. This issue has been a big bone of contention for a number of the employees for the past couple of years.
In order to avoid the shots, some employees have gone to the extreme getting doctor's notes saying that they are allergic to egg products. Some were willing to work with a mask to avoid the shots.
Which begs the question. These are people in the health care industry. When given to their own device, most would reject getting the flu shots. Why?
It says something about the trust level people have with our public health system when even people closest to the system reject their recommendations.