State officials are implementing a new policy that requires mandatory flu vaccinations for 10,000 employees and volunteers who work in state-run healthcare facilities across North Carolina.
According to WRAL, the vaccinations, which are aimed at preventing the spread of the flu and protecting vulnerable patients, must be done by December 1.
“Because many of the patients and residents in our state facilities are at high risk for complications from flu, this is a responsible decision that will create a safer environment for our patients and staff,” state Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos said in a statement.
According to the report, 52 hospitals and health systems have already complied with the policy.
The department will hold vaccination clinics for employees throughout the fall.
Employees will receive the vaccine at no charge through the State Health Plan.