COVID-19 Vaccine Information
People across the country are eagerly awaiting for a vaccine for COVID-19 to be approved, hopefully marking a turning point in a pandemic that has resulted in over 180,000 lives lost as well as unemployment numbers skyrocketing to record levels. While everyone is hoping for the vaccine to arrive as quickly as possible, it is still important to know that speed should not be substituted for effectiveness and safety.
Currently, the United States is making plans to distribute the vaccine across the country once it is approved. While the president has been heavily touting a vaccine before the November election, top medical experts from the federal government and from universities are questioning the president’s words and reassuring the public the safety would be paramount.
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In the meantime, employers are waiting for specific guidance from federal agencies such as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the CDC before setting corporate policies, employment lawyers say.
Christine Nazer, an EEOC spokeswoman, said in a statement the EEOC “is actively evaluating how a potential vaccine would interact with employers’ obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the other laws the Commission enforces.” An email to the CDC was not immediately returned.
“There are so many unknowns, so many unanswered questions,” said Sharon Perley Masling, a partner at Morgan Lewis, who said most of her clients are considering just encouraging the vaccine until there is government guidance. “We’re operating from a bit of a blank slate right now.”