We have heard from many of you about your concerns regarding PeaceHealth’s announced inten­tion to require nurses to receive flu shots as a condi­tion of employ­ment. We want you to know that we hear you. While WSNA encour­ages all nurses to get vacci­nated from influenza, WSNA also opposes any policy that mandates flu shots. WSNA’s position has been validated at Peace­Health where the overwhelming majority of nurses who do not have medical or religious exemp­tions have elected to receive flu shots.

In light of the exceed­ingly high volun­tary partic­i­pa­tion among Peace­Health nurses, your bargaining team sees no reason to agree to a policy mandating that nurses receive a medical proce­dure against their wishes. We will continue to fight to protect the successful existing volun­tary practice of preventing the spread of influenza through the use of volun­tary flu vacci­na­tions.

Questions? Please contact Sue Dunlap your Nurse Repre­sen­ta­tive at sdunlap@wsna.org.