The Massachusetts Nurses Association has filed a complaint against Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Superior Court opposing their proposed mandatory flu vaccination policy, which would subject a nurse to discipline up to and including termination for refusing the vaccine
The state regulations around this issue are crystal clear. A hospital cannot mandate that a nurse be vaccinated, only that they be provided with information and the opportunity to be vaccinated. It further clearly states that hospitals cannot take punitive action against a nurse who declines to be vaccinated.
The Brigham’s policy violates this regulation and the clearly expressed right of nurses to decline vaccination without fear of retribution, so we are asking the court to help us ensure the law is followed and the Brigham respects the rights of nurses.
Beyond the specifics of the lawsuit, the MNA as an organization opposes mandatory flu vaccination because:
This lawsuit is about holding an employer accountable for following law and seeks to protect the individual rights of nurses to dictate what goes into their bodies.