Employer-Mandated Vaccination for COVID-19
Am. J. Pub. Hlth.11(5)2021:e1-e4
4 Pages Posted: 8 Feb 2021 Last revised: 14 Apr 2021
Date Written: February 4, 2021
The greatest challenge to vaccination against COVID-19 may be the reluctance of large numbers of individuals to be vaccinated, including in the workplace. Many employers want their employees to be vaccinated to prevent the spread of the virus, reassure all employees and customers, avoid potential liability, and advance public health. With medical and religious exceptions, mandatory vaccination is generally upheld, especially for health care and other hazardous employment. For most types of employment, however, employers should attempt to persuade employees of the safety and efficacy of vaccination, and they should facilitate rather than coerce compliance.
Keywords: COVID-19, Emergency use authorization, Employer mandates, OSHA, Public Health, Vaccination
JEL Classification: K31, K32
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