Will anti-vaxers have any legal protections against discrimination in 2021?
What if your job says they will fire you if you don’t get the COVID-19 vaccine? Or what if your university says you cannot be enrolled without it? What if you apply for health insurance and the company jacks up your rate quote because of not having the vaccine?
I personally support vaccination, but I know some people who don’t trust the government and will refuse the vaccine. Should those people have rights against educational and employment discrimination?
- Anonymous2 months agoFavorite Answer
Unlike other refusals to do what's good for you (seatbelts, drug use, obesity, smoking, etc.), refusal to vaccinate without a medical reason puts others at risk.
There are already school districts or entire states' public school systems that will not accept students without a basic set of vaccinations, and lawsuits proclaiming the parents' rights not to vaccinate have been unsuccessful. Many of those students are now home-schooled or in private schools, which include faith-based schools.
If schools have the legal right to protect all students by requiring vaccinations, I see no reason businesses could not make the same legal claim. An employee's choices would be to quit, wait to be fired, or get the vaccination.
Insurers have an even greater claim, since they will be paying out huge amount for health care (and/or death benefits) for people who chose not to vaccinate and became ill.
And I'm okay with that. It disgusts me that pseudoscience has scared so many people into failing to do what's best for their children and themselves. My husband had polio. My friend's son is deaf due to measles in utero. A woman I know online is raising a daughter with brain damage due to high fever and brain swelling during measles. There were no vaccines when these illnesses struck, but there's no excuse to let them flourish again, as they are.
- USAFisnumber1Lv 72 months ago
It is not like they are making you get the vaccine. There will be no penalty assessed against you. But employers are free to put restrictions on the job to keep all of the workers safe. If they say you must use seat belts then you must use seat belts. If they say you must wear a hard hat then you must wear a hard hat. If you refuse to do either then they can simply not hire you or they can fire you. Requiring people to be vaccinated against a disease that KILLS people is not that unreasonable. If you do not like it, go find another job.
- yLv 72 months ago
This is an excellent question and I can't wait to see, how it all actually works out. Harris/Biden ran on a vaccines can't be trusted platform. The flock, in large numbers, simply followed without question. Now that they have won and the vaccines are the only way to get this virus under control. I'm curious as to how they will spin the message, what will the flock do that followed and echoed the vaccines can't be trusted message. The media fell in line with that talking point also, what are they saying now that two of them will be distributed in dec, as projected?
- Anonymous2 months ago
You're not forced to take a vaccine but if you work in Healthcare you have the option to. If not you have to wear a mask or any other type of PPE. So I doubt they'll be facing legal problems.
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- ?Lv 72 months ago
I doubt it. People who reject seatbelt laws don't get legal protection either.
- Not YouLv 62 months ago
They absolutely should not have rights. They affect the rest of us when they're this willfully stupid.