Many Americans are still sceptical about using one of the coronavirus vaccines. According to a survey by Pew Research Center, about 4 out of 10 Americans (39%) say they will definitely or probably not take Coronavirus vaccine. In fact, many will have to get vaccinated.
About 21% of adult participants said the additional information would change their minds. Such information may be the fact that they will not be able to give up the vaccine because of the risk of being fired. Rogge Dunn, a labor and employment lawyer from Dallas, said many of his corporate clients are inclined to make vaccines mandatory. “By law, an employer can force an employee to get vaccinated, and if they don’t, they can fire them,” Dunn said.
More and more business owners and businesses believe vaccination can be good for business, and they have the tools to do so. “They think it gives them a competitive edge,” Dunn said.
While it may be more about customer engagement than employee safety, employers can still demand vaccinations, the expert said.
The only exceptions are workers who don’t want to be vaccinated for medical reasons – those protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act. If the vaccination violates religious beliefs, the employee may be subject to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.