The new Healthcare Worker and Student Vaccines section was created partly because of the ongoing battle between the BC Ministry of Health and several unions which represent the tens of thousands of healthcare workers (HCWs) in that province. (Similar battles have been simmering or coming to a boil across Canada and in USA. In 2002, an Ontario court granted hospital workers freedom to choose vaccination or not, but this year, health officials have once again been promoting forced influenza vaccination of HCWs in that province.) VRAN fully supports the BC workers’ position rejecting their governments’ arbitrary decision to introduce new regulations requiring that HCWs accept and declare their acceptance of influenza vaccination or wear face masks during the entire influenza season. Furthermore, we fully support exemptions for college students. We submit that Healthcare workers and students entering post secondary education, like all other Canadians, have the right to accurate information about vaccines. As citizens of this country, they have a right to exercise voluntary, informed consent to vaccination and not be subjected to harassment, coercion, intimidation or threats of job loss or exclusion from school entry for refusing vaccination. Flexible medical, religious and conscientious belief exemptions to any vaccine recomendations must be equally available to everyone.
The new Science section provides quick access to abstracts and full texts of peer reviewed studies, and authoritative articles showing that vaccines can cause serious injury and even death. It includes an introduction and twelve categories of vaccine risk with hyperlinks between pages where related studies are listed. The introduction notes that, although there may be a much larger volume of studies which purport to show no vaccine risk, frequently, conflicts of interest cast doubt on their conclusions.