Can Your Boss Force You to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine?

Two employment attorneys weigh in with their legal viewpoints for employers and their workers. As a bonus, we touch base with a professor of psychology for some insights on where people’s heads may be on this issue.

A woman wearing mask and gloves holds a vial of Coronavirus vaccine.
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COVID-19 vaccinations are here, and most people are excited — but not everyone. What if you don’t want to get one, but your employer says, “No shot, no job?” And, aside from that, is there a way that the business world and government can encourage taking the vaccination voluntarily as opposed to mandating it?

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H. Dennis Beaver, Esq.
Attorney at Law, Author of "You and the Law"

After attending Loyola University School of Law, H. Dennis Beaver joined California's Kern County District Attorney's Office, where he established a Consumer Fraud section. He is in the general practice of law and writes a syndicated newspaper column, "You and the Law." Through his column he offers readers in need of down-to-earth advice his help free of charge. "I know it sounds corny, but I just love to be able to use my education and experience to help, simply to help. When a reader contacts me, it is a gift."