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Will employers require workers to get coronavirus vaccine?

FOX Business’ Gerri Willis on how workers and workplaces will be impacted when the coronavirus vaccine is released.

Video Transcript

GERRI WILLIS: In the excitement over the discovery of new vaccines, more and more workers are asking whether their employers will require them to be vaccinated if they want to keep their jobs. The short answer is yes. Just as some employers already require workers to get a flu shot annually, it's likely many will want workers to get vaccinated. And some may even mandate it, especially those in the healthcare industry and in other businesses which require face-to-face encounters with the public. Think retail or restaurants.

But there are limits to what employers can require. Restrictions come from the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. And that means if you have a medical reason or religious beliefs that prevent you from getting inoculated against COVID-19, your boss may have to give you some alternatives to continue to work, such as working from home or wearing a mask in the workplace.

TOM SPIGGLE: If someone, you know, an employer requires you to get a vaccination and you're immune compromised, you've got some sort of physical condition that would put you at risk if you get a vaccine, you're protected under the American-- you're probably protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

GERRI WILLIS: And remember, employers will have to consider their own legal liability for requiring a vaccine which has moved through testing very quickly. In fact, it's possible requirements may be few, and bosses may strongly suggest workers get the vaccine.