By: Bryan Cohen
27 October 2010
A mandatory vaccination rule – with threat of dismissal – has led three U.S. hospitals to increase their staff vaccination rate to almost 100 percent.
Previous approaches like easy access to free vaccines, education campaigns and peer support raised rates to around 90 percent at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, according to Kristen Feemster, Medpagetoday.com reports.
Those who had religious or medical reasons could exempt themselves from the mandatory policy, which 57 out of 9,300 staffers took advantage of. Nine staffers were dismissed for refusing the vaccination.
In a survey taken of the staff, 74 percent agreed with the mandate, 72 percent saw it as coercive and 96 percent saw it as important for the protection of staff and patients, Medpagetoday.com reports. Overall, the vaccination rate went up from 92 percent to 99.3 percent over the course of one year.
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(Note from SaneVax: Sure their rates improved–they fired those who did not comply. Since when did the United States of America become a country where your job depends on your willingness to take a medical risk?)