Case Study: Mandating the Vaccine

Jane is a nurse at the hospital; she and several of her colleagues have serious reservations about the H1N1 vaccine.

When New York state officials seemed ready to mandate vaccination for all health care workers with patient contact, and the hospital seemed willing to say they could lose their jobs if they did not get vaccinated, they were angry. They ask the following questions: What about our autonomy? Do we lose the ability to make medical decisions for ourselves when we work in the hospital?

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