I got a form letter from our hospital’s medical director today, about employees using Flumist as their vaccine of choice.
Yes, we can choose to use it, if:
a) we get signed permission from our manager for a 21 day leave, which
b) will not be paid by the hospital. We can use vacation time to pay ourselves, but not sick leave.
c) we agree to physically stay out of the hospital for those 21 days.
The key problems from his point of view, is that it is a live virus is delivered through a somewhat difficult to isolate nasal mist. And if this vaccine acts like other, similar virues, the vaccinatees (?) may themsevles be shedding virus for up to 21 days (hence the enforced leave). Also, the vaccine is not reccommended for anyone under five or over 50, or anyone with a compromised immune system.
The hospital is being very conservative about this. I approve.