In my blog posted October 8 here on FireDaily.com, I addressed some of the concerns of my buddy, Brett, a local firefighter/paramedic, regarding flu vaccinations for first responders. One of his questions: Could his employer, in the name of public safety, force him to get vaccinated against his will as a term of his employment?
Well, let the games begin.
Earlier today, Acting New York State Supreme Court Justice Thomas J. McNamara granted a temporary restraining order against mandated flu vaccinations for certain health care workers.
The New York Health Commission had previously ordered that certain employees must be vaccinated for both the seasonal and the H1N1 flu by November 30 or face the possibility of disciplinary action, including dismissal.
Three nurses from the Albany Medical Center claimed the regulation violates their civil rights. The New York State United Teachers Union and the New York State Public Employees Federation also sued. McNamara merged all three lawsuits under the restraining order and set a court date for October 30.
Of course, this was bound to happen. And I fully expect similar cases to arise at the state and local levels all across the country in the upcoming days and weeks.
So, do you think the government has the right to dictate your health care decisions during a pandemic?
FireDaily.com will continue following all the developments on the pandemic, specifically its effects on first responders.