President Biden was well within his legal rights when he announced that federal workers will be required to be vaccinated against Covid-19 or abide by stringent testing protocols, experts say.
Companies such as Facebook, Google and Lyft are requiring their employees to be vaccinated. Now, state and federal governments are doing the same, too.
ByandConor MurrayPresident Joe Biden was well within his legal rights when he announced Thursday that federal workers will berequired to be vaccinated against Covid-19or abide by stringent testing protocols, experts say. But don’t expect the new rules to avoid court battles.
As coronavirus cases rise in the United States, and as vaccination rates have fallen from their daily peak in April of more than 3 million shots to an average of 622,000 doses, companies such as Facebook, Google and Lyft are requiring their employees to be vaccinated. Now, the government is doing the same, too.
On Monday, the Department of Veterans Affairs became the first federal agency to require all its medical facility employees to be vaccinated against Covid. California this week became the first state to require coronavirus vaccinations or regular testing for state employees and health care workers. Then, the president followed suit. headtopics.com
"The Administration will encourage employers across the private sector to follow this strong model," theWhite House said Thursday.Under the new policy, the unvaccinated must wear masks, socially distance from other employees and visitors, get tested up to twice a week and be subject to travel restrictions.
The federal government employs roughly 4 million people around the country, and the total number is closer to10 millionwhen contract and grant workers are included.“Governments are employers, just as private businesses are employers,” said Juliet Sorensen, a clinical professor at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. “Employers are permitted to mandate activities that further the public health — and that includes vaccination.”
When a government is acting as an employer, the rules fall under employment law. “Those standards apply whether the employer is public or private,” she said. It’s only when the government is acting sovereign that things get trickier.There is precedent for these requirements too. Military members have long been required to get certain vaccinations based on where they are being deployed, said Eric Feldman, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School.
He said much of the uncertainty and threats of lawsuits stem from the fact that Covid vaccines are still under emergency use authorization by the Food and Drug Administration. Critics argue it's illegal to mandate the shots while they remain authorized only for emergency use. headtopics.com
Butin a July 6 memo, the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel shut that argument down.“The OLC memo says this EUA status issue is a bit of a red herring,” Feldman said. Still, “if the vaccines had final approval by the FDA, we would probably be seeing significantly less legal conflict.”
Importantly, a vaccine mandate doesn’t legally mean a person can’t refuse the shot.“It’s not compulsory in the sense of holding people down and shoving needles in their arms,” Feldman said. “Taking this vaccine is a condition of participating in this particular activity” — that activity can be working at your job, attending a play, taking public transit or eating in a restaurant. Refusal is perfectly fine, but can still come with legal consequences.
Part of why recent requirements from the federal government are drawing scrutiny is because the issue hasn't come up much, he said. Read more: NBC News »
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People should have the right to choose .. what next will the government ‘mandate’ Free Americans do? We are not so free . Its not his legal right, its the legal right of the office he holds. I would require it for air travel. Really easy. You would just need to scan your vaccine passport when you scan your ticket.
“Experts” say, as if all experts agree. So this is just another case of FakeNews decided which experts they’ll choose to accept and who they won’t. The experts that fit their own agenda of course. Smh Unless u have natural immunity I agree Funny how the my body my choice group did a complete 180. He has dementia.
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