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Insist or incentivize? Companies are deciding whether to make vaccines mandatory

February 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Companies are now being forced to answer a question that was until recently mostly hypothetical. Should they require their employees to get a coronavirus vaccine, or incentivize them to get the shot?

The UK government has said it will not issue "vaccine passports" that would clear people for work or travel, leaving companies to establish their own policies.

"One option under consideration is that staff who refuse the vaccine on non-medical grounds will, by reason of their own decision, make themselves unavailable for work," the company said in a statement.

The company said it wants to implement a "no jab, no job" rule for new hires, but a spokesperson told CNN Business that existing workers with a good reason for declining the vaccine will not be fired.

As the economy opens up again, companies that require employees or new hires to receive the vaccine will be forced to navigate a legal minefield.

"If an employee couldn't get hold of the vaccine, or there are medical reasons stopping them [from receiving a vaccine], then employers are at risk of discriminating against employees," Samuels said.

Last month, the CEO of United Airlines said he could make vaccines mandatory for employees.

"The advice we've been giving to employers is to first ask why vaccination is right for their business and then, what impact mandating the vaccination could have on their employees," said Anne Sammon, an employment partner at Pinsent Masons.

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