Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed a measure Friday, ensuring that a rule will remain in effect to require all licensed home care agencies to offer on-site influenza vaccinations to all employees.
It was among two other bills she vetoed and 20 that she signed to close out legislation sent to her by lawmakers during the last week of the session. The session ended May 25.
Fallin said she vetoed House Joint Resolution 1095 because it disapproved a state Health Department rule that she approved in February 2011.
“This regulation protects our most vulnerable population — the ill and the elderly — from a serious and preventable disease,” the governor wrote in her veto message. “Research indicates that vaccination rates for health care workers in all settings rarely exceed 40 percent.
“The failure of home care employees to get vaccinated puts already ill patients at risk of contracting influenza from their health care workers,” she said.