Lawyer says workers can require COVID-19 vaccine

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Lawyer says employees can require COVID-19 vaccine

Posted: Feb 15, 2021 / 5:38 PM EST
Updated: February 15, 2021 / 5:38 PM EST

BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) – Randy Cooper and Jimmy Pike are two residents of Raleigh County. When asked if they would stick to their employer if they were forced to take the COVID-19 vaccine, both men said absolutely nothing.

“That would be on them because I won’t take it. If I have to stop, I will, ”Pike said.

Local civil rights attorney John Bryan said the employer was in their right. The federal government suggested that employers urge workers to get the vaccine instead of requiring it. However, Bryan said companies could ask their employees to get the shot if they wanted to.

“Yes, they can generally require vaccinations for employees who may have disabilities under the ADA and may also be subject to possible religious beliefs,” said Bryan.

That means Cooper and Pike may be lucky if they are strongly against taking the vaccine because they don’t trust or believe in it.

“It came out too quickly and they haven’t studied enough. I wouldn’t take it, “said Cooper.

However, Bryan said it was a slippery slope and that this might require proof. A more popular way for companies to convince their employees to vaccinate is to offer a bonus or incentive, but even then, some people may not stick to it.

“I think this is bribery, I don’t think they should,” Pike said.