[MCOH-EH] Varicella Vaccine refusal due to religious beliefs

Tim Crump crumpt at ohsu.edu
Wed Jan 30 13:28:01 PST 2019

In Oregon, we are not able to require that staff get vaccinations.  However, we are now implementing a program of requiring those who decline vaccinations to get a titer.  At least then we have a better sense of their immune status.  Best, Tim

From: MCOH-EH [mailto:mcoh-eh-bounces+crumpt=ohsu.edu at mylist.net] On Behalf Of Lisa Dyrdahl
Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 12:56 PM
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Subject: Re: [MCOH-EH] Varicella Vaccine refusal due to religious beliefs

We would allow a religious exemption for any vaccine.  These are approved through HR only if based on religion, not on a philosophical belief.  They must submit the objection in writing about why their religion opposes vaccination.  There are tons of these on the web, we get mostly the same script.

Philosophical beliefs are so easily refuted, i.e., "I don't put anything foreign in my body"...while eating a donut covered in sprinkles with food dye.

Lisa Dyrdahl, RN, BSN
Manager Employee Health
UWMC Valley Medical Center
Ph 425-228-3440 x5720
Fax 425-656-5066

From: MCOH-EH <mcoh-eh-bounces at mylist.net<mailto:mcoh-eh-bounces at mylist.net>> On Behalf Of Marilyn Byrd
Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 12:44 PM
To: MCOH/EH <mcoh-eh at mylist.net<mailto:mcoh-eh at mylist.net>>
Subject: [MCOH-EH] Varicella Vaccine refusal due to religious beliefs

Good afternoon,
I have recently had a new hire request to refuse the varicella vaccine due to her own religious beliefs. No specific doctrine, just her own beliefs.
We have not had this request before now which thinking about it now I can't believe we have not.

I am curious if any of you allow healthcare workers to refuse the varicella vaccine based on their religious beliefs?

Thank you

Marilyn Byrd, RN MSN
System Director
Employee Health
Office: 812-238-7163
Fax: 812-238-7287

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