The news comes as the CDC recently reported that vaccination rates among health care workers have plateaued over the past 4 years at 74%. Rates are highest — 95% — in workplaces that require vaccination. About two-thirds of hospitals now require a flu vaccination, according to a study published in June.
Mercy would not comment directly on the alleged firing but said in a statement that the hospital company — which has facilities in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma — revised its flu vaccination policy several years ago and that it “requires compliance with the policy by all Mercy co-workers as a condition of employment.”
Mercy Hospital South spokeswoman Bethany Pope added that the policy aims to save lives, “especially those of our most vulnerable patients.”