Yes, It’s Legal for Businesses and Schools to Require You to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

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Sturm College of Law


COVID, Employment law, Vaccines, Vaccine mandates


As businesses, universities and other organizations ponder a return to something like normal operations, the ethics and legality of coronavirus-vaccine mandates have become the subject of intense debate. Dozens of universities say they will require students and staff members to be vaccinated (typically with medical and other exemptions), and some school districts are requiring vaccination of their employees — as are some private employers. Other organizations have held off, worried about legal challenges to requiring vaccines that have been only conditionally approved for emergency use. The University of California system, for instance, says it will delay mandates until coronavirus vaccines gain the full imprimatur of the Food and Drug Administration.

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