I suspect that different lawyers might give differing advice.

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From: "Reichen, Catherine" <creichen@glensfallshosp.org>
Date: 10/9/19 5:01 PM (GMT-04:00)
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Subject: Re: [MCOH-EH] Flu Vaccine Status Indicators


That is interesting.  Our HR employee rights lawyer told us that this is not a HIPPA violation.  We use different colored stickers with the year on them to indicate vaccination and declination (without  the wording of “I got my flu shot” on them).  Our policy states that they have to have a sticker by Dec 1 and they must be placed on the front of the badge for identification of compliance.




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Hello Anne

Several years ago legal counsel at another medical center in NH indicated that placing a sticker on an ID badge for flu vaccination was not a great idea since this is a public acknowledgment of individual medical information and could be challenged as a HIPAA violation regardless of facility policies.

Just a thought.


Deb Sampson 




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From: Anne Mills <amills@crhc.org>

Date: 10/9/19 4:23 PM (GMT-04:00)

To: mcoh-eh@mylist.net

Subject: [MCOH-EH] Flu Vaccine Status Indicators




We recently transitioned to a influenza vaccine policy that requires masking for non-vaccinated health care personnel.  We use badge stickers as status indicators.  I am curious how others have made this work.  We are a regional medical center with multiple, off-site primary care and specialty practices.  We have many non-employed credentialed providers who participate in this program.


Flu vaccine is provided in Employee Health Services and department-based, "Flu Vaccine Ambassadors".  However, there are so many others that vaccinate elsewhere, or are in departments without an Ambassador.


We have not been able to identify an efficient means to deploy stickers. Your experiences are welcomed.






Anne C. Mills, MSN, RN, COHN-S

Concord Hospital

Director Employee Health Services 

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