There are different categories of vaccine requirements in the workplace:
(1) Those, if any, required by state law;
(2) Those not required by state law but required by the employer, as a matter of company policy; and
(3) Those recommended by government agencies
- No vaccines are required by Florida law as a condition of employment (i.e., for the workplace).
- Certain vaccines are required by law to be offered or recommended to hospital employees and patients, nursing home patients and Medicaid patients.
- Hospital employees are not required by law to receive vaccines. Certain vaccines (hepatitis B, pneumococcal, MMR, varicella) are recommended for hospital employees, but none are required by law.
- Ambulatory Care Facility employees are not required by law to receive any vaccines.
- First Responders (firefighters, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, law enforcement officers and correctional officers) are not required by law to receive vaccines.
- Private employers may create company policy requiring certain vaccines as a condition of employment but any employer that accepts federal or state funding must abide by federal and state laws, anti-discrimination laws and religious freedom laws
- The Hepatitis B vaccine is recommended by OSHA but can be refused by signing the appropriate form.
- The Influenza and Pneumococcal vaccines are recommended by certain employers but are not required by law.
US Dept. of Labor – OSHA
Blood borne Pathogen Standards
29 CFR 1910.1030 (f) (1) (i)
The employer shall make available the hepatitis B vaccine and vaccination series to all employees who have occupational exposure, and post-exposure evaluation and follow-up to all employees who have had an exposure incident.
1910.1030 (f) (2) (iv)
The employer shall assure that employees who decline to accept hepatitis B vaccination offered by the employer sign the following statement:
Hepatitis B Vaccine Declination
I understand that due to my occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials I may be at risk of acquiring hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. I have been given the opportunity to be vaccinated with hepatitis B vaccine, at no charge to myself. However, I decline hepatitis B vaccination at this time. I understand that by declining this vaccine, I continue to be at risk of acquiring hepatitis B, a serious disease. If in the future I continue to have occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials and I want to be vaccinated with hepatitis B vaccine, I can receive the vaccination series at no charge to me.
Note: For information about Florida vaccine statutes governing hospitals and nursing home employees and patients, see section Hospital – Nursing Home Vaccine Requirements.