Washington State Nurses Association position statement on COVID-19 vaccination

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The Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion (WSNA) is committed to the health and safety of our nurses as well as other front­line caregivers, our families, patients, and commu­ni­ties. In keeping with this commit­ment, WSNA strongly recom­mends that all nurses and other health care providers be vacci­nated against the SARS-CoV‑2 (COVID-19) virus. WSNA supports and urges volun­tary efforts that aim for 100% vacci­na­tion rates, including educa­tion and imple­men­ta­tion of compre­hen­sive COVID-19 vacci­na­tion programs for all health care workers. WSNA is committed to educating our members and the public about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vacci­na­tions. We encourage all unvac­ci­nated people to talk with their health care provider about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Nurses have a profes­sional respon­si­bility and an ethical duty to protect patients at all levels — as individ­uals, families, groups, commu­ni­ties, and popula­tions. Vacci­na­tions are recog­nized as an impor­tant measure in the history and protec­tion of public health, and nurses are encour­aged to consider vacci­na­tion for self-protec­tion and the protec­tion of the patients and commu­ni­ties served. All current avail­able data indicates that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effec­tive. Local public health juris­dic­tions and health care providers are avail­able to discuss individual circum­stances related to COVID-19 vaccination. 

WSNA supports and expects enforce­ment of existing federal and state regula­tions including Governor-issued procla­ma­tions and all public health direc­tives. All employers must meet the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Occupa­tional Health and Safety Admin­is­tra­tion (OSHA), Washington State Depart­ment of Labor & Indus­tries and Washington State Depart­ment of Health require­ments to combat COVID-19. In addition, employers must comply with all laws including the Ameri­cans with Disabil­i­ties Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, providing reason­able accom­mo­da­tion unless this would pose undue hardship as defined by the law.