After writing a story about a group of hospital workers who were dismissed after they declined to take flu shots, comments started popping up online. Some lauded the hospital employees for their choice while others took the stance that patient safety should be the top priority, not personal convictions. Here are a few comments that appeared on The Elkhart Truth’s Facebook page:
I also received a few emails from readers about the article, including the one copied below. The reader gave me permission to share their comments but wanted to remain anonymous, citing concerns that they would be terminated from their job for speaking out. The email is kind of a long, but it gives an interesting perspective. Here are that reader’s comments:
I feel exactly like these employees in the article – I also felt God-led to not take the vaccine, but I ultimately failed when they looked me in the eye and told my with “Heartless passion” that I would be terminated. I also filed a religious exemption and was denied, I asked that doctor how he can say that my religion is less than someone elses – as I had heard that some got a religious exemption. He would not answer. I held out to the end filing exemptions, spent 2 days writing a letter to one of the doctors in charge (which he never read), praying for a miracle to happen. In the end I scheduled 3 days off and I cried for hours after the shot – it was very emotional for me. I truely feel violated – given the vaccine against my choice.
I in no way believe that their main concern is for the patient safety – as your article states there are other ways to protect the patient. I also feel exactly like Sue Schrock when she says this experience has changed her outlook on IU Goshen Health and “I don’t care if I ever walk through those doors again” and ” I work with a phenomenal group of people” – only I still work there and some of those phenomenal people are now gone. I know all hospitals are starting to require this, but how can they make medical decisions for us. I don’t care that you have a medical degree – that doesn’t mean you know what is best for everyone…no one knows their body better than that person.
I want you to be aware that there was a panel of 4 doctors at IU Goshen that were put in charge of the exemptions and one of those doctors is the head of the Elkhart County disease control (very bias) isn’t that a conflict of interest?
I also want you to know that I know I am not alone….there are many others like me that in the end folded, because of the economy, where are we going to go out and get a job tomorrow, where are we going to get insurance tomorrow. Our rights are being taken away from us….it is a sad day when we are not allowed to choose our own medical care.
Indiana University Health Goshen Mission and Values Statements
The mission of Indiana University Health Goshen is to improve the health of our communities by providing innovative, outstanding care and services, through exceptional people doing exceptional work.
COMPASSION – and commitment to serve with empathy
ACCOUNTABILITY – with integrity and action
RESPECT – through treating others as you wish to be treated
EXCELLENCE – in all we do
Apprarently our mission statement does not apply to employees.