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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Vaccination Options and Responsibilities

Author: XpertHR Editorial Team

Now that vaccinations for COVID-19 are available and being rolled out, employers are confronted with how, or if, to address the vaccination of their employees. As with everything relating to COVID-19, many of these issues are complex and require consideration of various factors that affect the particular workplace.

For example, federal guidance provides that employers may generally require employees to get vaccinated, subject to certain exceptions. However, a state-specific distribution plan may affect an employer's plan to mandate or encourage its employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Employers should have an understanding of the various issues with which they may have to grapple should they choose to implement a COVID-19 vaccination plan in their workplace.

Below are several issues that employers may encounter as they determine whether to address COVID-19 vaccinations.