Refusing To Get A COVID-19 Vaccine Can Put Your Job At Risk

Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccines could be the first COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use as soon as this week. While the world waits for its rollout, some Americans are still skeptical about getting vaccinated.

According to  Pew Research Center, about 4 in 10 Americans say they would “definitely” or “probably” not get a coronavirus vaccine if it were available.

What if one refuses to get vaccinated? Could you even be fired from your job if you refuse?

Legal experts say yes.

“Under the law, an employer can force an employee to get vaccinated, and if they don’t, fire them,” said Rogge Dunn, a Dallas labor and employment attorney.

Many companies are considering compulsory Covid vaccination requirements as a condition of employment.

But there are exceptions. People with medical conditions can refuse to be vaccinated, and they are protected under the Americans with Disability Act.

Also, an employee may be exempted from a vaccine requirement if vaccination would violate religious beliefs. The employee is protected under the religious accommodation provision of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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