What You Need to Know: Employers Can Require COVID-19 Vaccination, With Exceptions

With COVID-19 vaccinations expected to start in Chicago on Tuesday, employers eager to return to some semblance of business as usual are contemplating how best to urge workers to get inoculated — and whether to make it mandatory. Can they require the vaccine? The short answer is yes, with some exceptions, attorneys say. The trickier question is whether they should. While many people are eager to get vaccinated, polls show a substantial minority fear the safety of a vaccine that was developed so quickly. Companies are mulling how to create a safe workplace for all while respecting those concerns. “There is an enormous amount of anxiety out there,” said Barry Hartstein, an attorney in the Chicago office of the labor and employment firm Littler Mendelson. MORE

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