With the number of coronavirus cases on the rise again, some business owners aren’t willing to take any chances. So far, there has only been mild debate about the possibility of a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine in Ohio and what employees will do if they’re required to get the COVID vaccine as a condition of employment. This week in Ohio, one of the largest nursing home organizations is making the vaccine mandatory.
Continuing Healthcare Solutions has 31 different facilities throughout the State of Ohio. All but one of these centers have managed to escape a single COVID case since the virus hit America soil last winter. However, one of their locations, Continuing Healthcare at Ridge in Mineral Ridge, Ohio, has reported more than 120 residents who were infected with COVID. Another 73 of their employees also contracted the illness. As a result, the company’s management decided to be proactive.
With the preeminent vaccine passport laws to be passed soon, the owners of the nursing home chain have ordered that all employees be vaccinated by June 1, 2021. They have partnered with the state’s vaccination maintenance program to ensure that the vaccine can be administered quickly and safely to their employees.
One issue that has already come is that some employees refuse to get the vaccine. They’re wondering if they’re going to lose their jobs if they refuse or aren’t able to get the shot. Continuing Healthcare Solutions has arranged to have the vaccine be administered to its staff on the company’s premises. This way, no employee can claim that they didn’t have access to the vaccine.
Employers and attorneys expect that it is only a matter of time before workers fight back regarding the mandatory COVID-19 vaccine in Ohio, filing lawsuits based on discrimination, religious freedom and even privacy violations.
If you’re being forced to get a vaccine and want to know your rights, contact an Ohio workers’ compensation lawyer as soon as possible.