Glens Falls Hospital employee fired for refusing flu shot |

Glens Falls Hospital employee fired for refusing flu shot

Lisa Amorosi Lisa Amorosi | Photo: The Post-Star.

WNYT Staff
Updated: December 11, 2020 12:18 PM
Created: December 10, 2020 08:28 PM

A 27-year employee of Glens Falls hospital was fired last week after she refused to get a flu shot. That's according to NewsChannel 13's media partners at The Post-Star.

They say Lisa Amorosi checks in patients at the cancer center.

Amorosi says she had a bad reaction to the flu vaccine twice, and had worn a mask during the six-month flu season for the last five years instead of getting the vaccine.

However, this year, the hospital required all non-allergic workers to get it, or they would be fired.

Amorosi says she was evaluated by an independent allergist who offered a different version of the vaccine, but she decided it wasn't worth it to find out if there were a negative impact.

She says her quality of life is more important to her.

Glens Falls Hospital sent the following statement to NewsChannel 13:

Glens Falls Hospital, like all hospitals in the region, has always had a mandatory immunization policy. This year we added the influenza vaccine to the mandatory list. As health care workers providing care to some of the most vulnerable in our population we determined that the responsible stance to take within our organization is to make flu vaccination mandatory. This is the norm, not the exception, among almost all Capital Region hospitals.

According to our senior director of Human Resources, all employees who wished to be considered for a medical exemption were asked to submit the NY State DOH Medical Exemption Statement for Health Care Personnel form to our Employee Health team. If they believed they were allergic to the vaccine they were referred to a physician allergist (independent – not a GFH employee) at no cost to the employee. If the allergist determined the employee had an allergy to an ingredient in the vaccine, several options were available; a form of the vaccine that did not include the ingredient the employee was allergic to, or if there was no other option they would be granted an exemption. If it was determined that there was no allergy to the vaccine, the employee was offered additional options including a nasal version, or receiving the vaccine in several smaller doses over time. If an employee was determined to not be medically allergic to the vaccine, and refused all options for immunization, they were asked to leave the organization.

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