The Race for a COVID-19 Vaccine – Planning for the Employer Response

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Many employers are hopeful that a vaccine for COVID-19 will be the silver bullet that will enable employers to return to some semblance of a pre-COVID workplace. Assuming a vaccine is developed, can an employer mandate that employees be vaccinated before coming back to work? What happens when an employee cannot or will not take this vaccine, either for religious, medical, or other personal reasons? Can a union or group of workers successfully challenge employer-mandated vaccines? Aside from these potential challenges, are mandatory vaccinations the most appropriate response in fighting COVID-19?

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