Employers Should Think Carefully Before Mandating COVID-19 Vaccines

Employers Should Think Carefully Before Mandating COVID-19 Vaccines

Mar 28, 2021

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Co-author, Hotel Executive, March 28, 2021

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? The answer, at least in the near future, is likely "no."

Ordinary Mandatory Vaccine Considerations

Ordinarily, employers can require vaccinations (such as influenza vaccines) subject to business considerations, taking into account accommodations that may need to be granted with respect to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), certain medical conditions (such as pregnancy or strong allergies to vaccine components) and religious accommodations.

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