Your Employer Can Require You Get the COVID-19 Vaccine
With the COVID-19 vaccine being available to all adult ages now, there is talk in the business sector about whether or not a company can legally require their employees to get vaccinated.
Attorney Ben O'Connor told WBRZ in Baton Rouge it can be mandated by an company. However, a lot of requirements must be met before they enforce it. He says an employer must prove there is a direct threat posed by not having employees vaccinated in the workplace. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) says that if an employee is a direct threat to the workplace, they can be excluded from entering the business. O'Connor said there's a lot of gray area in this rule and it would probably have to take a judge to decide on the matter.
Another thing O'Connor pointed out is that this matter is being brought up in several courts in other states, and it will take some time before it makes its way up to the Supreme Court. Once there, they'll establish what's permitted and not permitted.
The Louisiana Department of Health says there is no state mandate that requires residents to get vaccinated. However, the EEOC says employers can ask employees if they have been vaccinated and ask for proof.
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While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.