Nurses who have been vaccinated for influenza should not be branded with a sticker to prove it, says the B.C. Nurses’ Union says.
The union is challenging controversial regulations announced last week.
Union members met with the Health Employers Association of B.C. on Monday to discuss the new rules, which require frontline health-care staff to be vaccinated against the flu or wear a mask when treating patients.
Both the employers and the union agree that a higher rate of vaccinated workers would improve patient health and reduce influenza deaths, but the BCNU opposes the use of stickers to differentiate between those who are vaccinated and those who are not.
“We’d prefer that health-care workers don’t have to wear information about their personal health history on their chest when at work,” said Margaret Dhillon, BCNU executive councillor.
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