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Moffitt To Employees: Flu Shot or Mask

Tampa Tribune
The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

When H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center asked its employees to get flu shots, only about 60 percent complied. Bribes didn’t work either.

So Moffitt stopped asking and made it hospital policy.

Now, 92 percent of cancer center employees have been immunized, the Tampa Tribune reports. Those who refuse are required to wear a surgical mask at work.

Most hospitals are still trying to get volunteers by making it convenient and offering incentives. At Tampa General, 95 percent of the staff were vaccinated after being offered a discount of $130 on their insurance premiums.
BayCare Health System reports that this year’s compliance is better than last year’s, but still only half the staff got inoculated.

The national average for this season is about 63 percent, according to the CDC.

Lottie Watts covers health and health policy for Health News Florida, now a part of WUSF Public Media. She also produces Florida Matters, WUSF's weekly public affairs show.