Employer-Mandated Vaccination for COVID-19

4 Pages Posted: 8 Feb 2021 Last revised: 14 Apr 2021

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Mark A. Rothstein

University of Louisville - Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law; University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

Wendy E. Parmet

Northeastern University - School of Law

Dorit Rubinstein Reiss

UC Hastings Law

Date Written: February 4, 2021

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Rothstein, Mark A. and Parmet, Wendy E. and Reiss, Dorit Rubinstein, Employer-Mandated Vaccination for COVID-19 (February 4, 2021). Am. J. Pub. Hlth.11(5)2021:e1-e4, Northeastern University School of Law Research Paper No. 400-2021, UC Hastings Research Paper Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3779602

Mark A. Rothstein (Contact Author)

University of Louisville - Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law ( email )

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Wendy E. Parmet

Northeastern University - School of Law ( email )

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Dorit Rubinstein Reiss

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