Public health nurse Dyah Moore, right, and other health care workers prepare Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for farmworkers at a County of Santa Clara mobile vaccination clinic at Monterey Mushrooms, an agricultural employer under the United Farm Workers union contract, amid the coronavirus pandemic in Morgan Hill, Calif., Wednesday, March 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Can Employers Require Vaccinations?
Attorney and former federal prosecutor Doug Burns joins The Chip Franklin Show to explain if an employer can require coronavirus vaccinations.
“Yes, your employer can require you to be vaccinated…companies can require workers entering the workplace to be vaccinated against covid according to recent US government guidance,” said Franklin.
“There are two exceptions…one, if you have a disability or a medical condition where you can’t do the vaccine and have certifiable letters or references, and two there’s religious beliefs…it’s a balancing test obviously between an individuals right legally to say ‘I’m in control of my own destiny and the government can’t tell me to take a shot’ but when you balance that against overall health of everybody and the affect of others courts tend to side with [the projecting the population].” Explained Burns.
Furthermore, according to CNN, employers can also use “soft” mandates — vaccinate or be required to wear extra personal protective equipment, for example — as an alternative. Reaching for coercion can negatively impact morale, and lead to pushback — people may resist being told what to do.
Listen to the full conversation between Doug Burns and Chip Franklin below.