May 20, 2021 | The Philadelphia Inquirer
University of Pennsylvania Health System makes rare move to require COVID-19 vaccines for employees
From the Philadelphia Inquirer:
The University of Pennsylvania Health System wants “to set an example for those who remain hesitant” by requiring employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Sept 1.
If more private employers decide to require employees to be vaccinated, they will be on firm legal ground, given the more than 100 years of history supporting vaccine mandates as important public health measures, said Eric Feldman, a professor at Penn’s law school [and professor in the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy].
“It’s pretty clear with the COVID-19 vaccine that it meets the baseline of promoting the public health with flying colors, and private employers are able to impose all sorts of requirements and restrictions on employees, and this one is not running afoul in any way that I see of the Civil Rights Act or other protected groups or classes,” Feldman said.