14. Is the hepatitis B vaccination compulsory? If staff has an anti-vaccine approach, should we not uphold the basic human right to refuse? If a CR is a carrier of Hep B, what would the course of action be? What if the CR is pregnant/breastfeeding and has been advised not to have the Hep B vaccination?

The above situations will be handled on a case-by-case basis as follows:

  • Firstly, it is the company’s responsibility to assess the risk that such refusal may pose to the employee, other employees and patients and to determine how the company will mitigate such risk. This requires review of the CR activities and evaluation of exposure to possibility of Hep B transmission to and from
  • Thereafter, the company should provide a synopsis, on company letterhead, of the above risk evaluation and mitigation strategy to MTS who will centrally coordinate the discussion with Netcare and/or other relevant parties.
  • For pregnant/breastfeeding CR please include the dates where CR will require access without the Hep B vaccination.