***ATTENTION OHIO RESIDENTS***
Recently, one of our board members along with a group of her peers met with Representative Christina Hagan (Ohio House District 50) regarding legislative action that will end mandatory flu vaccines for healthcare workers. This was a big step in this battle but now it is your turn.
We need you to write to your representatives and senators to tell them that you want them to take legislative action against flu vaccine mandates for healthcare workers. Tell them that you want a bill that will protect your right to decline a flu vaccine and that it should include such language that: No organizational entity or employer shall be permitted to discharge, refuse to hire, or otherwise that may discriminate against any person with respect to participation, hire, tenure, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, joining, volunteering or any matter directly or indirectly related to the entity or to the employer on the basis that the person has not or will not receive a vaccination or any other elective medical intervention into that person’s body.
The best way to communicate with them is through hard copy letters (even hand written!) sent via the US Postal Service, through fax and, calls made to their offices. Email IS NOT the best way to communicate with them.
It is important to note that legislative action is needed to protect the personal and civil rights of the Ohio workers who are being subjected to an employer mandatory medical procedure to maintain their employment.
In Ohio there are several employers who have instituted mandatory yearly influenza vaccination requirement of its employees and of other personnel on the employer’s site. This mandatory policy is presently instituted by healthcare entities in Ohio and other states because of the incentivized recommendations of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) Report of February 8, 2012 which can be found at this website: http://www.hhs.gov/nvpo/nvac/influenza_subgroup_final_report.pdf
The basis for the mandatory yearly influenza vaccination is greatly influenced by Recommendation #3 (page 12 regarding 2% reimbursement) and Recommendation #4 (page 17 regarding worker autonomy etc.) of the aforementioned report. When thoroughly examining the historical development of this NVAC report, there was and still is serious lack of unanimity reflected by various participants and by outside professionals and affected groups. Unfortunately Ohio has no law on its book to uphold the personal and civil rights of its citizens from the consequences of implementing the recommendations of the NVAC Report.
People have lost their jobs for refusing this yearly influenza vaccination. There are serious concerns of the vaccine’s efficacy and its documented injuries and deaths. There is also a festering resentment by those employees who are coerced by this mandatory policy even to the point of the employee fearful of losing their job even if they were to participate in taking legislative action to have this matter corrected by state law.
**Gather a group of peers and explain that you want a meeting to voice your concerns.
**Find your Ohio Representative and Senator here: https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/
**Find sample letters here: http://namv.org/sample-letters.html