More private organizations, and some public ones, are requiring their employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Such mandates have created controversy, as many people are still reluctant to get vaccinated.
In a few instances, employees have quit or been fired for refusing to comply.
Below is a list of organizations imposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
At least 50 hospitals and hospital systems in 23 states and Washington, D.C., have imposed COVID-19 vaccine mandates on some or all of their employees. Some of the bigger names on the list include New York-Presbyterian, Inova Health System, the University of California Health, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Some hospitals are imposing a mandate in phases, such as Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta, which will require all physicians and providers to be vaccinated by Sept. 1. All other employees must be vaccinated at some point after that.
Beth Israel Lahey Health in Massachusetts is waiting for the Food and Drug Administration to give full approval to one of the COVID-19 vaccines before imposing a mandate. At present, the FDA has given only emergency approval.
The most controversial hospital mandate so far has been imposed by Houston Methodist in April. Workers at Houston Methodist filed suit after 178 employees refused to comply with the hospital’s vaccine mandate. A Texas judge threw the case out.
Ultimately, 153 of the employees were either fired or resigned. Certain healthcare workers unions, such as 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East and the New York State Nurses Association, have announced their opposition to vaccine mandates and may file a legal challenge.
There isn’t a definitive list of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities that require staff to be vaccinated, but some large companies have done so.
They include Juniper Communities and Silverado, each operating over 20 facilities nationwide, and Atria Senior Living, which operates 200 facilities across the United States.
Most cruise lines, including some of the largest like Royal Caribbean and Princess, require their staff to be vaccinated or routinely test for the coronavirus.
The controversy over cruise lines stems from some requirements that passengers also be vaccinated. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has threatened to fine cruise ships leaving a port in his state that require passengers to be vaccinated.
Last week, Royal Caribbean, which uses Florida ports, reversed course when it announced it would not require vaccinations for passengers leaving from the U.S. The company did not say if the change was due to DeSantis.
Some airlines also mandate their crews receive vaccines. They include Alliance, Cathay Pacific, Delta, Qantas, and United airlines.
Once the FDA gives full approval to COVID-19 vaccines, San Francisco will mandate vaccines for employees in high-risk areas, such as nursing homes, homeless shelters, prisons, and acute care hospitals.
On Wednesday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced workers in the city’s public hospitals and clinics would be required to be vaccinated by August.
Most private businesses have been wary of imposing mandates for fear of lawsuits, but there are exceptions.
Most recently, the NFL informed teams if a game is canceled because of a COVID-19 outbreak among unvaccinated players and cannot be rescheduled, the team with the infected players will forfeit the game. In addition, teams and players will not be paid for canceled games.
In the software industry, Adobe, VMware, and Asana are mandating vaccines for employees who come into the office, as well as financial companies Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase, and BlackRock.
Other private companies that require staff to be vaccinated include Saks 5th Avenue, prominent New York City restaurant Eleven Madison Park, the Broadway production of Hamilton, and plastics distributor Lastique International Corp.
Colleges and Universities
Over 560 colleges and universities in 37 states and Washington, D.C., have announced plans to require students and faculty to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine.
New York has the most, at 128, with California second at 60. Some colleges and universities, like the California State University System and the University of Maine, will not enforce the mandate until the FDA gives COVID-19 vaccines full approval. Gov. Mike DeWine of Ohio signed a bill in mid-July preventing public colleges in Ohio from enforcing vaccine mandates until the FDA gives full approval.
In June, eight students filed an injunction against the vaccine mandate at Indiana University, arguing the mandate violated their rights under the 14th Amendment, "which includes rights of personal autonomy and bodily integrity, and the right to reject medical treatment."
A federal judge blocked the injunction in mid-July. The students have said they will file an appeal.
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Original Author: David Hogberg
Original Location: Private and public entities that require employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine