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Shasta County Health Officer allows mask alternative to flu vaccine requirement for healthcare workers

Shasta County Health officer, Karen Ramstrom, announced Thursday, after several concerns from the Board of Supervisors and healthcare workers, she has made the decision to revoke the recent order that requires healthcare workers to be vaccinated against the flu without offering a required mask alternative.

Posted: Sep 24, 2020 10:54 AM
Updated: Sep 24, 2020 12:56 PM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. – Shasta County Health officer, Karen Ramstrom, announced Thursday, after several concerns from the Board of Supervisors and healthcare workers, she has made the decision to revoke the recent order that requires healthcare workers to be vaccinated against the flu without offering a required mask alternative.

“The Board of Supervisors and I appreciate Dr. Ramstrom’s commitment to helping ensure our local healthcare workers and patients are protected against flu and COVID-19,” said Shasta County Executive Officer, Matt Pontes.

The health officer order from 2013 still stands, which requires healthcare workers to either be vaccinated against the flu or wear a mask at all times while at work during the flu season, according to Shasta County's announcement.

In 2019, more than 93% of local hospital employees opted to get the flu vaccine. Multiple studies have demonstrated that vaccinating healthcare workers against influenza helps to protect healthcare workers and their patients, according to Shasta County health officials news release.

“It is more important than ever for healthcare workers to get vaccinated against flu, and the supervisors recognize the importance of offering an alternative for the healthcare workers who decline vaccination,” said Shasta County Board of Supervisors Chairperson Mary Rickert. “We want our healthcare workers to stay safe and healthy during this flu season.”

Flu vaccination of people 6 months and older can reduce the number of flu cases and reduce symptoms that might be confused with those of COVID-19. Using masks and being vaccinated will help protect healthcare workers and their patients from illness.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 879645

Reported Deaths: 16982
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