By B.N. Frank
Despite increasing COVID concerns and media coverage, not everybody wants to get a COVID vaccination, including health care workers who work in nursing homes. It is reasonable to be skeptical of vaccine safety – especially ones that are still considered to be “experimental.”
CBS 60 Minutes segment, “The Swine Flu Fraud of ‘76” provides one very scary example of a vaccine having life-altering effects on thousands of Americans. A documentary released last summer provides more details about a 30+ year old congressional ruling regarding vaccine safety. So maybe Kroger has the right idea about NOT forcing employees to be vaccinated.
From Consumer Affairs:
By Gary Guthrie
Kroger faces hard questions on whether it will force employees to vaccinate against COVID-19
The EOC says employers can mandate vaccinations, but there are a few exceptions
With vaccine availability starting to grow and new vaccines entering the market, hope for an exit from the funk COVID-19 has put us all in is starting to grow. But will the places we shop do their part and make sure all their employees are vaccinated and virus-free?
Headlining this puzzle are grocery chains where employees mingle with customers more than most other retail environments. Kroger, the country’s largest grocery company with 11 million customers a day roaming its aisles, stepped up to the mic on Wednesday to offer its position — kind of. While Kroger says it’s encouraging its workers to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, it’s waffling on whether it will require the shots once they are widely available.
“At this time, we’re strongly encouraging our shoppers and associates to get vaccinated,” Tim Massa, Kroger’s senior vice president of human resources and labor relations, told The Enquirer.
When The Enquirer pushed for a more definitive answer about mandating employee vaccination in the future, Massa didn’t give a direct yes or no and simply repeated his previous answer. Kroger executives were also mum on how they might reassure worried customers who might be unhappy that store associates weren’t required to be vaccinated.
Can retailers force employees to get vaccinated?
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