Can your employer require that you get the COVID-19 vaccine?
The answer is yes, but with a few caveats, experts say. Those who do not receive a COVID-19 vaccine may have to sign a waiver or work under select conditions to limit risk.
Dorit Reiss, a law professor who specializes in vaccine policies from the University of California Hastings College of Law spoke with the Associated Press, and says employers have wide latitude to handle these situations as they see fit.
“It’s their business. Employers generally have wide scope,” Reiss said. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has allowed companies to mandate the flu vaccine, and has recently indicated that employers can require the COVID-19 vaccine.
Tracking compliance would be a challenge, though. At this point, most agree that we’re 6-8 months from seeing employers get to a point where they are requiring vaccination for workers to maintain employment.
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