With the national vaccination rate at around 51% (fully-vaccinated) and the Delta variant wreaking havoc on our return to work plans, many clients are exploring mandatory vaccination policies. While a minority of private companies have adopted such policies (see the latest list here), some localities are taking more aggressive measures. All LA County workers must be vaccinated by October 1st. Effective September 30th, private “high-risk” businesses in Denver must require employee vaccinations. New York City mandated employee vaccinations for workers at indoor restaurants, gyms and entertainment centers by August 16th. LA City Council proposed a similar measure that has not yet been adopted. While the momentum builds toward mandatory vaccination policies, currently many more businesses have developed policies that encourage vaccination by imposing inconvenient testing requirements on the unvaccinated. For example, many private companies, as well as several California cities, have imposed weekly Covid-19 testing for unvaccinated workers.
Companies considering a mandatory vaccination policy should remember the following: