A federal agency announced last week that employers can legally require their workers to take the COVID-19 vaccine, and can prevent them from entering the workplace if they refuse.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued guidelines Wednesday claiming that requiring a COVID test would not violate the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, and that though employers can’t require certain medical exams like blood tests, the COVID vaccine does not apply.
“If a vaccine is administered to an employee by an employer for protection against contracting COVID-19, the employer is not seeking information about an individual’s impairments or current health status and, therefore, it is not a medical examination,” the commission said.
“There are many reasons that may explain why an employee has not been vaccinated, which may or may not be disability-related,” it added.
This is how the COVID vaccine will be enforced: through businesses, much like how the COVID social distancing and masks measures were enforced nationwide.