This is a firm deadline! The flu vaccine is mandatory unless you have an approved exemption. (Failure to obtain the influenza vaccine, provide proof of vaccination, or provide the signed medical or religious exemption form by October 31 will result in suspension from work starting Nov 1 for up to 3 business days. SCL Health will consider non-compliance after the 3 day suspension period as a voluntary resignation.) There are only two “approved” exemptions for the influenza vaccination:
- a documented, severe (life-threatening) allergy to eggs or to other components of the influenza vaccine
- a history of Guillain-Barre Syndrome within six weeks following a previous dose of influenza vaccine.
- Please contact Employee Health at x1495 as soon as possible if you have an exemption.
The seasonal flu vaccine is free for all employees. Each employee who receives the vaccination will also receive candy and a fountain drink coupon. Vaccines are now only available by going to the Occupational Health (formerly Employee Health) office between 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the 3rd floor of the main hospital building. For night shift and weekend staff, the House Supervisor will be available to give the shot.
If you’d like to get your flu shot from a non-PVMC clinic, you will need to bring in proof of your vaccination in order to be compliant.