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January 23rd, 2013

Nurse Fired for Refusing Flu Shot

by Christopher O'Brien

Jacqui Coveney, a registered nurse, has worked in Hartford Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for the past eleven years. She, like many other nurses around the country, was recently terminated from her job for refusing to get a flu shot.


The original flu shot policy adopted by Hartford Hospital read that it was strongly recommended that all staff get the vaccine, but it was also an option to wear a mask while working in the hospital. Then, the flu shot became mandatory for all staff including nurses, doctors, and custodial staff. The only way to keep working at the hospital without getting a flu shot was to either have a religious opposition to the vaccine or to have a signed doctor’s note stating that there was a medical reason for not receiving the shot, such as an egg allergy (eggs comprise part of the vaccine ingredients).

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