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Which states allow employees to decline their hepatitis B vaccine?
Under the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Bloodborne Pathogens Standard 1910.1030, employers must explain the risks of exposure, state the benefits of the hepatitis B vaccine, and offer the vaccine, at no charge, to all employees at risk of exposure to blood or potentially infectious materials. Any employee, in any state, may choose to decline the vaccine.
Employees must understand the risks of disease transmission and the risks and benefits of receiving the vaccination before the employer offers the vaccine. Once they understand these risks and that the vaccine is available to them at the employer's expense, they reserve the right to decline. If they later change their mind, the employer is still obligated to provide the vaccine at not cost to any employee in a job category that involves exposure.