Greetings SEIU Members at Children’s National Medical Center. As you know CNMC has made the “Flu Shot” mandatory this year. We are very aware that you have not received your personal copy of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. It will be available to you very soon.
We would like to share with you the article that covers vaccinations. Article 13.11(a) (iii) Health and Safety reads as follows:
The Hospital shall have the right to require all employees to undergo vaccinations which in the Hospital’s reasonable judgment are necessary for the provision of safe patient care or are required by applicable law or regulation; provided that the Hospital will only require employees to receive influenza vaccinations if they are recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The Hospital will provide thirty (30) days’ advance notice to the Union of its intent to require vaccinations. An absence that is directly related to a reaction from receiving a mandatory vaccination will not be recorded as leave abuse for purposes of corrective action if the employee provides medical documentation verifying that the absence was directly related to such a reaction.
The Center for Disease and Prevention (CDC) 2013-2014 Summary of Vaccinations Recommendations
“routine annual influenza vaccination of all persons aged 6 months and older continues to be recommended.” You can visit the following website to verify the CDC’s recommendations.
As always workers can decline the vaccination for religious or medical reasons. If you work on a campus that provides clinical care, and you decline the vaccination, you can be required to wear a mask during the declared flu season. For any further questions contact the union office at (202) 483-6221.