Almost 60 percent of US employers are already offering the H1N1 vaccine, according to the latest estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But would a federal court’s ruling in favor of workers seeking an exemption from the vaccine mandate prevent companies from hiring those who don’t meet the vaccination requirements?
Some of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world have appealed to the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals to reject an ex-employee’s request for an exemption to the federal mandate. If a decision doesn’t favor these big drug companies, other companies may opt to have their own employees apply for exemptions instead of hiring flu virus-resistant employees who refuse to get vaccinated. The question could cause US companies to rethink their vaccination strategies and staffing plans in the upcoming flu season.
US companies have kept a tight lid on vaccinations in the past, but that may change this year if federal court’s ruling is overturned and employers can keep their employees immunized.
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US Urges Court Not to Block Vaccine Mandate on Employers