Employers are trampling lightly on demanding that their workers receive COVID-19 vaccinations because of emerging government proposals that would ban such mandates and concerns about the vaccines themselves, experts say.
Even employers of workers who pose the greatest risk of infection and transmission of COVID-19 choose not to make shots mandatory, they say.
Healthcare professionals were among the first groups in many states to be eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations in December. The results of a survey published March 19 by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Washington Post showed that 18% of the 1,327 health care professionals surveyed said they would not be vaccinated, and 1
In another survey by Monmouth University, 25% of 802 Americans surveyed between February 25 and March 1 said they will not be vaccinated. Other studies have generated similar results, indicating that some workers do not want to be vaccinated due to uncertainty about the safety of vaccines and other health problems.
A compelling argument against the mandate is that the vaccines are under emergency use and the revelations that accompany them say they are "voluntary", according to Helen Holden, a partner at Spencer Fane LLP in Phoenix, Arizona.
"Employers are very aware that they are doing this vaccine development in an environment with the state of emergency use," she said. in Health Policy Management and Health Informatics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Some legal experts say "you can not order anything in emergency clearance – it adds another complexity," says Dr. Weiner. "It is not a fully approved
Legislators in more than a dozen states are also considering bills that would ban mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations.
Ms Holden said that "many employers looked at the mandatory vaccines early, and we had many questions about most people have decided on encouragement and incentives. ”
Fern Fleischer-Daves, advisor at the Washington DC office of Conn Maciel Carey LLP, compiles a list of work ivare that offers vaccination incentives.
Although the US Commission on Gender Equality has stated that employers may make vaccinations compulsory, workers may be expelled for religious or health reasons.
The requirement to meet such requests is another reason why many employers choose to encourage, rather, vaccination, says Courtney Malveaux, Richmond, Virginia-based principal and attorney with Jackson Lewis PC
Mr. Malveaux said a client could encourage three-quarters of his staff to be vaccinated.
"In the end, they decided that 75% is pretty good and we can work on that," he said. "Getting 25% may not be worth it (legally), and you may never get there."
Angela Childers contributed to this report.
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