I just heard about a local university that has a program where students were asked to be vaccinated. A few weeks later, a director had an assembly with the enrolled students in this program and called out the names of those not vaccinated. Do you think schools or companies have the right to let everyone know whether you have been vaccinated or not? Let’s talk about it..

Jazmin D Zuñiga: “It’s Your Choice, Fear or Beliefs! No One has the Right Over That! Oh they would hear me talk for at least 30 minutes if it Happened to Me. He Would be Speechless.

Rob Gonzales: “HIPPA.”

Thomas Mc: “HIPAA only applies to HIPAA-covered entities – healthcare providers, health plans, and healthcare clearinghouses.”

Danielle Marie Haywood: “In the medical world releases have to be signed in order to disclose that to other medical professionals. It astounds me that anyone thinks they have a right to disclose that information just because of the pandemic.”

Lisa Gomez: “Huge HIPAA violation.”

Teresa Velasquez: “It is a private school. They are self governed and can do as they see fit. I see that many are citing HIPAA however HIPAA only applies to certain organizations and businesses and we are discussing PHI disclosure here. The article details that. I have a daughter in grad school ready to leave for law school and this is something I’ve researched in great detail. Perhaps you can direct the question to the local EEOC office.”

Lonnie Bradley: “In no part of that discussion in the article does it discuss involuntary disclosure of non vaccination status by a third party. It only discusses voluntary disclosure and the legality of asking if someone has gotten it. For the university to publicly disclose the vaccination status of individuals who did not consent to it is wrong.”

Thomas Mc: “A lot of people keep saying HIPAA violation, and while it probably isn’t polite to out people it may not be a HIPAA violation. HIPAA only applies to HIPAA-covered entities – healthcare providers, health plans, and healthcare clearinghouses – and their business associates.”

Mary Svetlik Watkins: “It’s a violation of your medical privacy.
It’s a matter of choice. People also forget some of us can’t get this vaccine. I had to explain to several people that I like breathing. Reaction to a flu shot and blood clot issues are a no for both options for me but that’s really no one else’s business.I have antibodies still.”

Chavez Stephanie: “Sad but many don’t abide by HIPPA. It needs to be enforced more for privacy.”

Todd Forbes: “Violation, Violation, Violation! How would you be feeling if they read off a list of those that have received cancer treatment? Or if they read a list of women that were currently menstruating? Or a list of those that had had an abortion! None of the above is open information nor is the vaccine decision! This is wrong on so many levels and regardless of your thoughts on the vaccine…if you’re not offended by this action then something is wrong with you!”

Teri Leah: “Actually YES it is! Anytime it’s related to something that’s documented in a medical record, it’s covered under HIPPA. I worked medical field for over 20 years know your laws people.”

Beverly Chapman Rogers: “I believe that even if it’s not, it should be. I had coworkers who took it upon themselves to tell clients coming into the office-with only 5 employees exactly who was vaccinated. I wasn’t, and since I was in viewing distance, it was pretty obvious.”

AnneMarie Turley Burns: “Not a violation at all to ask someone about their vaccination status. If you don’t want it known, don’t provide an answer. It’s only a violation if someone releases your medical info without your consent.”

Sherry Pinter: “The schools ask for vaccination status of children correct? MMR’s etc? How is this different?”

Victor Jones: “No it’s not if you are asking the individual and not their Dr!”

Al Clark: “Some people must be a special kind of ignorant; if you are asking for people to disclose and use their personal health information! That’s why entities know they can’t ask because it’s illegal. You can’t ask them to disclose that information because it’s illegal to do so for entry into an establishment. Law 101!”

Dragica Ludwig: “It’s none of anyone’s business.”

Jonathan Katz: “I could care less if it’s legal or not. It is nobody’s business what I choose or choose not to put in my body. If people can’t understand that we will have issues.”

John O Stevens: “No. HIPAA relates to third parties transmitting your information without your approval. You voluntarily answering a question does not meet that standard. The Privacy Rule protects all “individually identifiable health information” held or transmitted by a covered entity or its business associate, in any form or media, whether electronic, paper, or oral. The Privacy Rule calls this information “protected health information (PHI).”

Crystal England Morris: “Unless someone offers up the info, it’s no one’s business, and depending on who needs to know and how they get the info, it could very well be in violation.”