Hospital Employee Fired for Refusing Flu Shot

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AKRON, Ohio — An employee was fired from a local hospital for refusing to get a flu shot.

Jean Mastin, a former employee of Summa Health System in Akron, was let go after 19 years of service. Mastin says the hospital’s former policy allowed the use of masks, but the use of masks was not permitted for this season without an excuse from a doctor. After refusing to get an excuse, she was fired.

The hospital’s System Director of Public Relations and Public Affairs, Mike Bernstein, released the following statement:

“For the safety of our patients, guests and employees, we have rules in place regarding mandatory annual flu shots. I can confirm that we have terminated 26 employees (11 full- and part-time and 15 PRN) across our owned entities for failure to comply with our policy requiring all medically able employees to receive a flu shot. Any employee providing medical documentation of a potential adverse medical condition is exempt.”

Mastin worked in a department that did not come in direct contact with patients.