Can employers make
COVID-19 vaccination mandatory?
Yes, with some
employers can require employees to take safety measures, including
vaccination. That doesn’t necessarily mean you would get fired if you
refuse, but you might need to sign a waiver or agree to work under specific
conditions to limit any risk you might pose to yourself or others.
The U.S. Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission has allowed companies to mandate the flu
and other vaccines, and has also indicated they can require COVID-19
exceptions; for example, people can request exemptions for medical or
religious reasons. And even though employers can require vaccinations, there
are reasons they might not want to.
with mandatory vaccination would be an administrative burden, said Michelle
S. Strowhiro, an employment adviser and lawyer at McDermott Will & Emery.
Employers would also have to manage exemption requests - not to mention
legal claims that might arise.
As a result, many
employers will likely strongly encourage vaccination without requiring it,