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Shasta County Public Health rescinds flu shot mandate

Shasta County rescinded its flu shot mandate for healthcare workers. The county made the decision after hearing concerns from both the Board of Supervisors and local workers.

Posted: Sep 24, 2020 6:25 PM
Updated: Sep 24, 2020 7:03 PM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. – Shasta County rescinded its flu shot mandate for healthcare workers. The county made the decision after hearing concerns from both the Board of Supervisors and local workers.

“This was a decision that was made after careful thought and consideration,” said Kerri Schuette with the Shasta Health & Human Services Agency.

“Chatting with the Board of Supervisors and also hearing some feedback from healthcare workers who were concerned that they did not have an option to wear a mask.”

But even though the flu shot requirement was rescinded, that didn’t stop people from coming out to express their frustrations.

People gathered outside the Shasta County Public Health building with their signs posted out front. Kathy Stainbrook, who attended the rally, tells Action News Now she’s tired and frustrated with the mandates.

“I am standing against these unlawful orders to mask up our children, to close up our businesses, to close our churches, and to mandate vaccinations,” said Stainbrook.

But even though the flu shot requirement is pulled the health officer order from 2013 is still in place. That order requires health care workers to either be vaccinated against the flu or wear a mask at all times during the flu season.

Meanwhile, Tehama County Public Health also issued a mandatory flu shot requirement for healthcare workers in the county.

According to the order, every health care facility in Tehama County is ordered to require all health care workers to get the flu shot. William Bennett, a healthcare worker from Red Bluff says while he’s not against vaccines, he supports personal choice.

“My goal is personal choice,” said Bennett. “Having the freedom to choose the vaccines and the things that we feel we stand behind and that we agree with their efficacy.”

The order also states that during the coronavirus pandemic, it remains a top priority for healthcare workers to get vaccinated.

Action News Now reached out to Tehama County Public Health for further comment on the flu shot mandate but have not yet received a response.

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