Massachusetts Public Health Council Considers Mandatory Vaccination Policy for All Acute Care Workers

The Massachusetts Public Health Council recently discussed a possible mandatory flu vaccination policy for all acute-care hospital workers, according to a South Coast Today report.


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The discussion comes after recent data showed some Massachusetts hospitals have below-average vaccination rates among employees. For instance, vaccination rates at Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital (neither which have a mandatory vaccine policy) are 59 percent and 62 percent, respectively. These rates fall below the state average of 71 percent, despite the hospitals' strongest efforts to make the vaccine free and available to employees, according to the report.

Massachusetts Hospital Association President and CEO Lynn Nicholas has already expressed his support for mandatory flu vaccination policies.

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