In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, pharmaceutical companies scrambled to develop vaccines, quickly coming out with several options. Distribution of those vaccines initially surged, but public interest in receiving the vaccine has been waning, resulting in a failure to meet President Biden’s vaccination goal—in other words, that by July 4, 70% of adults in the U.S. would have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The slowdown in vaccinations has fueled fear of a resurgence, particularly with the emergence of more virulent variants of COVID-19. Contending with the polarization of vaccine skepticism and the country’s desire to return to “normal” in the wake of a global pandemic, many are wondering: Can employers require employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19? Should they do so in order to protect employees, patrons and the public?
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This article was originally published in September 2021 edition of the Nevada Gaming Lawyer magazine, an official publication of the State Bar of Nevada-Gaming Law Section . It is reprinted here with the Gaming Law Section’s permission.