Employers Could Be Held Responsible for Worker Vaccine Reactions

Employers Could Be Held Responsible for Worker Vaccine Reactions

(HorizonPost.com) – TV commercials and PSAs are pushing the idea that everyone in America needs to get vaccinated against COVID-19. But, by and large, everything the public learns leaves out one crucial fact. They’re all experimental medicines administered under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) issued by the FDA.

The applicable federal law says that under an EUA, providers must tell individuals they have the option to refuse, which is becoming more relevant as businesses begin to reopen. Some companies are making the vaccination a contingency of employment. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) stated on their FAQ page that should the company make such a decision and an employee have an adverse reaction — which has included death — it could be considered a workplace injury.

If lawsuits do arise, a court could possibly rule the scope of the pandemic is an overriding factor granting an exemption to that law. However, it’s still a risk at this point for the employers because it would open them to financial and regulatory penalties. On the plus side, this is good news for workers who are worried about vaccine-related risks.

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