Facebook to Require Workers to Get Vaccine

(TheDailyHorn.com) – The federal government cannot Constitutionally mandate Americans to take a COVID-19 jab while the vaccinations are under emergency use authorization (EUA). However, companies can act to do so without impunity. As the Delta variant spreads and impacts the unvaccinated community, some corporations are moving towards mandated vaccinations as a condition of employment. Among them are Facebook and Google.

On Wednesday, July 28, Google announced that it would start to require employees to get vaccinated. Facebook followed soon afterward. The two tech giants are among the first companies to require vaccinations before people can return on-site for work. Big Tech companies were also among the first to allow their employees to work from home when the pandemic began in March 2020.

There might be good news for those not vaccinated for medical or other reasons. Facebook said it would create a process for people to return to work who can’t be vaccinated. The language suggested the door is open to granting exemptions to the policy.

In December, the Food and Drug Administration gave the go-ahead to begin administering the vaccinations under EUA. However, it’s not “approved” by the FDA, and that’s an important distinction. In addition, a EUA only remains in effect during a proclaimed public health emergency, and manufacturers must discard vaccines after the government provides sufficient notice that an emergency declaration is ending. However, manufacturers can market and distribute FDA-approved vaccines indefinitely.

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