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Thu., Jan. 17, 2013, 8:49 a.m.

SR: Medical Workers Should Get Shots

Sarah Peterson, a mental health specialist, didn’t want a flu shot and didn’t want to wear a mask. Her employer, Kootenai Health, said she needed to pick one of those options as a condition of continued employment. She declined and resigned, saying: “They have every right to make it mandatory, and I have every right to stay or quit.” Two other Kootenai Health workers also quit for the same reason. This is precisely the way it should be, but some health care workers and their unions don’t see it that way. They want their employers to loosen their public health mandates. Some say the mask requirement is an act of coercion to get workers to accept vaccination. In fact, in many settings it is a compromise offered for those who fear vaccinations for reasons that fly in the face of medical research. Some nurses also contend the mask isn’t very effective, which is all the more reason to require vaccinations for workers in health care settings/Spokesman-Review Editorial Board. More here.


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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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