FAQ: Are there effective strategies for controlling mandatory program “critics” and/or “vaccine-hesitant” employees, especially physicians?

Are there effective strategies for controlling mandatory program “critics” and/or “vaccine-hesitant” employees, especially physicians? [FAQ Date: April 1, 2013]
We do not recommend any punitive or disciplinary action against staff who express reservations or objections to the mandatory program or to HCP immunization in general. We believe the best strategy is to engage the vocal critic in a private meeting, if possible, where evidence can be presented and objections engaged. Obviously, such efforts will be best conducted if they involve peers to the individual involved.

Beyond the collegial strategy suggested above, there may be instances in which an individual’s efforts to challenge a mandatory policy or organize others to challenge/refuse to comply with it can become damaging to the institution.

We presume that practices in place to address such situations involving non-compliance with a mandatory policy – including instigating or organizing other employees to refuse compliance – would be applied uniformly in all cases.

The institution’s general counsel or legal advisor should participate in the planning phases of any mandatory policy to help develop the likely scenarios of non-compliance, etc., and viable options to be employed in response to non-compliance.

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