Virginia Hospital to fire employees who do not get vaccinated

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) —

West Virginia’s largest hospital plans to fire any employees who haven’t been vaccinated against seasonal flu.

Charleston Area Medical Center spokesman Dale Witte says workers have until Friday to get the shots.

The policy was announced last summer. Hospital officials say mandatory vaccines for workers protect both patients and employees.

The hospital allows exceptions for employees with medical reasons for avoiding the shot, such as allergies.

Witte wouldn’t say how many employees risk being fired. He did say it amounts to “a handful” of the hospital’s roughly 6,000 staffers.

CAMC is one of a small number of hospitals in the U.S. to require flu vaccines, although required immunizations against other illnesses is common.

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