Employers are frantically calling labor lawyers to ask if they can make a coronavirus vaccine mandatory in the workplace

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The recent news of two promising coronavirus vaccines has led more employers to begin seriously thinking about vaccination policies at the workplace.
Labor and unemployment lawyers have seen a flood of the same inquiry from clients across various industries: Can they make it mandatory for employees to get vaccinated for the coronavirus?
Employers could be allowed to mandate vaccinations given certain medical and religious accommodations.
But some attorneys anticipate that it’s more likely that companies will strongly encourage, rather than require, that their employees get vaccinated.
There are still many unknowns with the vaccines and health and safety regulations, which will invariably factor into any legal advice that lawyers give.
In either case, one sure thing is that labor and employment attorneys will be in high demand as companies continue to grapple with questions surrounding the ongoing pandemic.
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With the prospect of a coronavirus vaccine drawing sooner than many had initially expected, labor and employment lawyers are seeing a surge in clients asking the same question: Is it legal to make workplace COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory?Pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Moderna have both said that their vaccines are about 95% effective.Pfizer applied for emergency …

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