The rollout of the vaccination programme has been welcomed as the beginning of the end for the Covid-19 pandemic. For many employers, ensuring their workforce is vaccinated is an important step in getting their business back to operating as usual. However, the effects of ‘vaccine hesitancy’ and the anti-vaccine movement may mean that some employees refuse to be vaccinated.
‘How employers respond to choices around vaccinations brings into play employment law, data protection law and human rights,’ says Gillian Reid, Head of Employment with Pearsons & Ward, and who answers some of the key questions for employers.
Can we require employees to be vaccinated?
In short, probably not, although there may be a stronger case for workers in health and care settings.
In the UK, it is not compulsory to have the Covid-19 vaccine and the…