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Legal advice: My boss is trying to pressure me into having the flu jab. Is this legal?

Compelling nurses to have the flu vaccination against their wishes is both unethical and unlawful, says legal expert Marc Cornock. 
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Compelling nurses to have the flu vaccination against their wishes is both unethical and unlawful, says legal expert Marc Cornock

Two legal and ethical issues arise from a campaign that uses pressure to ‘persuade’ nurses to receive a vaccination they may not want.

The first relates to the individual nurse’s consent to the procedure, and the second to the legal and ethical position of the person providing the vaccination.

For a person to receive a procedure, including a flu vaccination, they must provide valid consent. This has to be given freely and without any undue pressure or coercion. If the nurse receiving the flu vaccination has only given consent because of pressure from their employer or others, consent would not be legally valid.

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