COVID-19 vaccines are making headlines and raising hope throughout the globe that we can return to “business as usual.” Against this backdrop, many employers are considering whether to mandate vaccination as a condition of continuing employment. But while many people are eager to get vaccinated, national polls show that others will decline for various reasons. Indeed, while confidence in vaccines is rising, one recent poll reported only 60 percent would get the vaccine.1
Employers who are considering mandatory vaccination policies should weigh the following legal and practical risks:
While employers may be eager to have their workforce return and be vaccinated against contracting or spreading COVID-19, it is critical for employers to be prepared to roll out a vaccination program (voluntary or mandatory) and answer the many questions that will inevitably arise with employees.
Lane Powell’s team of attorneys is here to help you develop and implement the strategy that supports your business and your employees. For more information, consult Lane Powell’s COVID-19 Resource Center or contact Katheryn Bradley, Priya Vivian or Riley Moyer.
Lane Powell attorneys Michael Kitson and Christine Thelen presented on this topic at a webinar on February 18, 2021 sponsored by the Association of Washington Business. Click here to watch the recording.
1 This is according to a Pew Research poll reported on December 3, 2020, found here.
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