Q&A: Refusing the hepatitis B vaccination

OSHA Healthcare Connection, July 21, 2009

Q: May an employee refuse the hepatitis B (HBV) vaccine?

A: Yes, but the employer must first provide HBV vaccine information about its efficacy, safety, and method of administration, as well as the benefits of being vaccinated, and explain that the vaccination will be offered free of charge.

After this explanation, if the employee still refuses the offer of the vaccine, have the employee sign a statement of declination.

See the Tools page of the OSHA Healthcare Advisor to download an HBV vaccine declination form.

Need more advice on OSHA bloodborne pathogens compliance, see the list of Qs and As in the “Ask the Expert” category of the OSHA Healthcare Advisor.

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