Michigan Medicine Nurses not mandated to get COVID vaccine

Last December, the Michigan Nurses Affiliation voted to ratify a one-12 months extension to their…

Michigan Medicine Nurses not mandated to get COVID vaccine

Last December, the Michigan Nurses Affiliation voted to ratify a one-12 months extension to their past collective bargaining settlement with Michigan Drugs. The arrangement, which incorporated a stipulation that nurses are not expected to be vaccinated against COVID-19, handles all 6,200 nurses in the College of Michigan Qualified Nurse Council Independent Union and will expire in June 2022.

In accordance to the new arrangement, “subject to Federal and Point out specifications and guidelines for distribution priority, the Employer will offer the COVID-19 vaccination at no charge to the employees and on a voluntary basis.”

The University’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate introduced in July by University President Mark Schlissel does not apply to nurses at Michigan Drugs owing to the conditions in their collective bargaining arrangement. The provisions of the agreement allow for nurses to negotiate a vaccine mandate and nevertheless it encourages vaccination, it doesn’t have to have it.