Stars and Stripes stripes.com 13 Jan, 2021 17:30 am

Can front-line workers skeptical of COVID-19 vaccine be forced to get it?

Can front-line workers skeptical of COVID-19 vaccine be forced to get it?
As the pandemic worsens and California's COVID-19 death toll surges past 29,000, experts believe that at some point, some government and private employers will have to make the vaccines mandatory for workers as supplies become more readily available.

The same is true, he said, for a shocking number of health care workers in the region.That's particularly true, ironically, in the health care sector.As a practical matter, hospitals don't want "to enforce a rule against the will of a significant number of people," said Lisa Ikemoto, a University of California, Davis law professor who specializes in health care law.What's more, the survey found nearly one in three of America's health care workers won't get vaccinated.

"They can't afford at this point in the crisis to lose health care providers," she said.Shasta County's health officer last year issued an order that required health care workers to receive a flu vaccine, but she ended up rescinding it after angry members of the public, including some health care workers and members of the Board of Supervisors, said it was infringing on the workers' personal freedoms.

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