When Alanda Watson returns to work on Monday, she’ll probably be fired.
She didn’t steal money. She’s not bad at her job.
No, Alanda and two of her colleagues at Lutheran Social Ministries (LSM) in New Jersey have done the one thing that’s somehow become even less forgivable.
They refused the flu vaccine.
Workers at health care facilities across the country are being given three choices again this year.
Get the shot. Get a mask. Or get out.
If you or someone you love works in health care and is being bullied into a flu vaccine, you’ve probably heard the same nonsense about how important it is to protect yourself, your co-workers, and even your patients.
But what you haven’t been told is the real reason you’re being pressured to roll up your sleeve.
There’s a good chance your employer sold away your right to say no. Sometimes for millions in cash.
Follow the money
“Every time you stand up for what you believe in, it’s a sacrifice,” said Alanda, a mother of four.
But let’s face it. Nobody should have to sacrifice their job for refusing one of the most ineffective – and potentially dangerous – shots on the market today.
But that’s exactly what’s about to happen to Alanda, Megan Duncan and Denise Mercurius – three clerical workers at LSM who were suspended for two weeks without pay after they skipped the flu shot and refused to wear embarrassing masks for their entire shifts.
You would have thought they had Ebola!
And, yes, you read that right – these women are all clerical employees who don’t interact at all with the seniors and children that LSM provides nursing services for.
But even office workers at health care facilities are now being bullied into getting flu shots. And trust me – it has a lot more to do with money than preventing the spread of flu.
You see, for years nurses across the country have been fighting against mandatory flu shots. They even formed a group called Nurses Against Mandatory Vaccines (NAMV) trying to keep health care workers safe from flu vaccines that “don’t work,” and are “dangerous.”
And it was a research report NAVM published three years ago that proved exactly why so many hospitals, clinics and other health care facilities are pressuring workers into shots.
It’s all about the almighty dollar.
If a health care provider doesn’t meet a sufficient quota of employees who get a flu shot, they’ll lose out on bonuses from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
In fact, two years ago hospitals were required to start reporting their flu shot rates to the CDC.
And if they come up short, that means money lost. The American Hospital Association says that for even a small 100-bed facility, that could mean a loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
And for a large hospital, that figure could run in the millions.
“Flu vaccines are mandatory, only because of reimbursement, not patient safety,” says the NAMV. “Our bodies are not for sale.”
That’s a message that Alanda, Megan and Denise say they’re going to deliver to LSM when they return to work on November 16th – and they all expect to be fired for it.
But it’s about time we had more workers standing up and sending a message that our medical freedoms aren’t for sale – not to the federal government of anyone else.
And it’s high time that the mainstream and the Feds realized that if the flu vaccine was as safe and effective as they keep promising, they wouldn’t have to threaten us into getting it.
“Office workers who refused flu shots suspended without pay” Mark Mueller, November 6, 2015, nj.com