RED BLUFF, Calf. - Dozens of health care workers are calling for the right to choose whether they get a flu shot.
A large group of healthcare workers gathered at the corners of Antelope Boulevard and Main Street in Red Bluff, protesting the mandatory flu shot requirement set by Tehama County Public Health. They had their signs that said “My Freedom, My Choice,” and “Not Anti-Vax, For Choice”.
Anna Eicholtz, a health care worker here in Tehama County, organized the protest. Eicholtz says the point of the protest is not to be anti-vaccine or anti-public health
But Eicholtz believes that health care workers should have a choice.
“In past years we were given the choice to be given either receive the annual influenza vaccine or wear a mask,” said Eicholtz.
“This year that was taken away by us by our Tehama County Public Health Officer and we believe that we should still have that choice.”
According to the health order put out by Tehama County Public Health, every healthcare facility, such as hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes just to name a few, are required to have their healthcare workers take the flu vaccine.
But healthcare workers say they want the right to choose.
“I feel like we need to have the right to choose what to put in our body,” said one healthcare worker.
“We’ve had the option to sign a declaration or to get the flu shot and taking that right from us just doesn’t seem right.”
Action News Now has reached out to Tehama County Public Health multiple times about the flu shot mandate, but have not yet heard back.