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Timothy J. Ford Quoted In NJ.com Article, “Can Employers Require That Workers Take A Coronavirus Vaccine?”

January 12, 2021

As published in NJ.com, January 11, 2021
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Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, some New Jerseyans have been able to work at home.

But as vaccination efforts continue to ramp up in the state, officials say we’re probably only a few months away from widespread vaccine availability. That could be a game-changer for employees who have spent months away from the office.

It also raises a lot of questions.

Employers are required to keep their workplaces safe, but what happens if some workers don’t want to take a vaccine? Can your boss require it? What if you take the vaccine but your coworkers don’t? Do you have any rights?

Here’s what you should expect.

Employers may require vaccines if the failure to vaccinate will result in a direct threat to other employees, agreed Timothy Ford, partner and member of the employment and litigation departments at Einhorn, Barbarito, Frost & Botwinick in Denville.

But that doesn’t mean employers should be in a rush to institute new vaccine rules.

“As the Pfizer vaccine has only received Emergency Use Authorization, employers should be reluctant to mandate until after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expands authorization to its standard approval, indicating it is effective.” Ford said.

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