Several hundred health care workers rallied at the New York state capitol in Albany on Tuesday protesting the demand to be innoculated with the swine flu vaccine or be fired.
The protestors were concerned that the H1N1 drug hasn't been fully tested and might cause harmful side-effects.The state workers say they don't want to be guinea pigs for the vaccine.
"There's no proof this vaccine will protect us from swine flu or protect us from spreading it to others," said Sue Field, a registered nurse from Poughkeepsie, told USA Today.
But the Center for Disease Control and Prevention insists the immunization is safe. New York's health commissioner, Richard Daines, concurs insisting the shot is the most effective means to prevent the flu.
"This isn't the time to pump air into a completely deflated argument about vaccine safety," he said.
The state has given workers until November 30 to get the shot or lose their job.