Federal agency says employers may require workers to get COVID-19 vaccine

A key federal agency said this week that employers could legally require their workers to be vaccinated with COVID-19 and prevent them from entering their workplaces if they refuse.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) said in a guideline issued Wednesday that the need for testing would not violate the 1990 Disability Act for Americans. The law would prohibit employers from requiring medical examinations such as blood tests to obtain physical or mental information from an employee. Condition, but the EEOC said the COVID-19 vaccine does not fall into that category.

“If a vaccine is provided by an employer to protect against a Covid-1 contract, the employer is not looking for information about the person’s defects or current health and therefore, it is not a medical examination.”

“There are many reasons that could explain why an employee has not been vaccinated, which may or may not be disability related.”

Public health experts say they predict that with vaccines becoming more widely available, employers will play a key role in bringing the nation to a comprehensive degree of immunity. Two vaccines, one from Pfizer and Biontech and the other from Modernani, have already been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to give the green light to the administration of Moderna’s vaccine in the coming days.

However, despite the EEOC’s permission, employers should be wary of any information that may be taken from prescreening questions, which the government said were “job-related and business-relevant.”

The need for employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine could play a significant role in countering what experts say is a suspected high rate of shot.

While vaccines are considered the most crucial tool to reduce the spread of the disease, a Gallup survey last month found that only 58 percent of Americans said they would take a vaccine.

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While vaccines provide light at the end of the tunnel, the nation is still considered to be the most feared phase of the virus before it became widely available in spring and summer. Thanksgiving and Christmas are expected to see an increase in the number of cases of public health professionals, with more than 1,000,000 deaths reported in a single day in the country.