As the United States government pushes for everyone to get one of the experimental COVID-19 shots, a growing number of employers are forcing new and current employees to pick between a job and a jab.
However, the mandatory vaccine movement is now facing a roadblock thanks to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA). The agency is warning employers that they could be held legally liable if they force employees to get a shot and these employees experience an adverse reaction.
The primary problem for employers who want to force workers to get the COVID-19 vaccine is that the vaccines have only been approved for emergency use. Forcing employees to get an experimental shot is only questionable — but actually illegal under federal law.
What’s more, CDC statistics show that side effects from these experimental jabs are extremely common. Between December 14, 2020, and April 30, 2021, nearly 160,000 adverse events were reported to the U.S. government, and estimates indicate that these are only the tip of the iceberg as most negative side effects go unreported.
These experiences are typically mild. However, over 16,000 serious injuries have been reported, as have nearly 4,000 deaths. Anyone who suffers a serious injury as a result of a mandatory vaccine can sue the employer for forcing him or her to get the shot. At the same time, close relatives have the legal option of suing for wrongful death.
It’s hard to believe the federal government would step in to help businesses facing lawsuits over serious side effects from mandatory vaccines. In fact, the government has not added COVID-19 vaccines to the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program’s list of eligible vaccines one can claim federal compensation for in case of injury or death.
Medical decisions are always best left in the court of the individuals who will be directly affected by the decision. An individual who wants to get a COVID-19 shot should feel free to do so. An individual who doesn’t want to get a shot should likewise have the right to refuse it. The notion that an employer has the right to make medical decisions on behalf of employees is reprehensible.