Client Alert: “You Are Not Throwing Away Your Shot!” – Employer Considerations Regarding Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccinations

On December 11, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use. A second hearing to review the emergency use authorization application submitted by Moderna is set for December 17. These developments, along with encouraging vaccine results from Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca, have led many employers to ask whether they may legally require employees to be vaccinated, and whether a mandatory requirement, if legally permissible, is wise.