On December 16, 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued revised COVID-19 guidance addressing questions related to the administration of COVID-19 vaccinations to employees. The guidance now addresses several common questions that employers have raised with respect to the COVID-19 vaccine.
You can get to the entire guidance at www.eeoc.gov/wysk/what-you-should-know-about-covid-19-and-ada-rehabilitation-act-and-other-eeo-laws. The new section on vaccinations is found in Section K at the end.
While the EEOC points out that federal employment laws do not prevent employers from following guidelines and suggestions from public health authorities, the administration of vaccines to employees may raise legal issues employers should consider. Michael Oliver Eckard’s article, “EEOC Issues Revised Guidance Addressing COVID-19 Vaccines” (ogletree.com/insights/eeoc-issues-revised-guidance-addressing-covid-19-vaccines/) covers information employers need to know about this new guidance.
Guidry said, "Our firm will continue to monitor and report on developments with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic and will post updates in the firm’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center (ogletree.com/coronavirus-covid-19-resource-center/) as additional information becomes available.