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Can Your Employer Force You to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

With nearly half of adult Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19, many workplaces are opening their doors again to in-person operations. This has raised the question nationwide: Can your employer force you to get a COVID-19 vaccine?

At the outset, no employer can force you to get a COVID-19 vaccine. However, you may lose your employment if you refuse to do so.

Depending on the workplace, an employer may require vaccination to retain employment; particularly if the employee presents a direct threat to the health or safety of individuals within the workplace.

If you have a disability that precludes vaccination, then your employer must show that it cannot eliminate the threat by reasonable accommodation. Examples of reasonable accommodations may include: working remotely, wearing a mask, physical distancing or a leave of absence, among others. This is determined on a case-by-case basis.

If you want to find out more about your rights as an employee surrounding the COVID-19 vaccination, we would love to answer your questions.

We can be reached at (805) 965-4540.

The law firm of Ghitterman, Ghitterman and Feld helps employees in the areas of workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability, disability retirement, personal injury, labor and employment issues. Founded in 1956, the firm now has offices in Santa Barbara County, Ventura County, Kern County, Tulare County, and Fresno County. The firm is proud to continue this tradition of securing all available rights for the injured and disabled in our community. For more information about what we do, how we might be about to help, or resources, see our website at www.ghitterman.com.