Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccines in the Workplace Update: Ruth Binger Interview

Ruth Binger

By Ruth Binger

covid vaccineRuth Binger spoke with KMOV Channel4 News about a possible increase in companies requiring the COVID-19 vaccination for their employees.

According to Ruth, the fact that the vaccination does not yet have FDA approval is keeping many companies from considering a mandatory vaccination policy at this time. To date, none of her clients have a mandatory policy in place. “I do think it’s changing a little bit because of the Delta variant, and now [companies are] thinking about whether or not they should have a mandatory policy.”

Ruth said that another concern employers about enforcing a mandatory COVID-19 policy is the national worker shortage.

“Employers have to balance out, ‘I need workers right now, and if I have this rule I won’t get workers’, with, ‘Well, what if the Delta variant comes and then it wipes out my workforce, that will hurt my productivity too’,” said Binger. “So it’s a risk reward ratio right now, and it’s complicated.”

Ruth is recommending that businesses wait until FDA approval of the vaccine to implement a mandatory policy, which she predicts that could come in a few months.

“By the end of the summer, more and more companies are going to mandate vaccinations,” she said. “We’re going to see the Delta variant take over more and people are going to be more and more concerned.”

If you have any questions regarding a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, contact Ruth or any other of our employment law attorneys.

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