Nurse Fired for Refusing Flu Shot, Protestors Say

Protecting vulnerable patients is the reason for universal health care worker vaccination, and that reason trumps conscience objections, said Arthur Caplan, PhD, founding head of the division of medical ethics at New York University School of Medicine and a contributor to Medscape.

“Private entities can say that they have public health and patient protection obligations that require vaccinations, and override the individual’s decisions, for whatever reason,” he said. “In a health care setting with a specific mission to protect vulnerable people, I think the case is very strong that you can fire people who don’t follow rules of protection.”

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