Employee Vaccination Rights
Employees do have rights in the face of employer compelled vaccination. If you have questions about your rights in the face of an employer's mandate to become vaccinated, it is important to contact a lawyer immediately to discuss your options. Koc Law LLC, consistent with its mission of standing with employees against corporate overreach and legal violations, will consult with employees impacted by such situations to help you understand how to invoke and protect your rights as much as possible.
Bases For Mandatory Vaccine Objections:
There are several potential grounds to object to mandatory vaccination those are:
For example, each currently available COVID-19 Vaccination is connected to some degree (either via testing or actual manufacture) to the abortion-derived cell line HEK-293. An individual who is opposed to vaccination connected to abortions may legitimately oppose receipt of a vaccine on such grounds - and particularly may do so as to vaccines that are not substantially proven to be effective in the long term against COVID (for example, it is not yet clear that these vaccines work for more than a few months before losing their effectiveness). In the case of a religious exemption claim, the employer is then required to follow a religious accommodation process. That process may or may not end with an exemption from a vaccine depending on the circumstances of one's employment and the nature of his or her job.
Health/Disability Based Exemption
There are many health conditions which make receipt of any vaccination, including COVID-19 vaccinations, a serious health risk. As such, an individual with such health concerns may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation where he or she does not get the vaccine, but the employee is able to follow different procedures to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 infection. It is also important to consider how the employer treats other "similarly situated individuals" - i.e. other communicable diseases and vaccinations - to ensure you are being treated fairly under the law. The outcome of such an exemption claim, like that of the religious exemption is going to vary from situation to situation.