By: Konrad Holden
On Monday, the FDA announced the full approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. This immediately triggered a new round of vaccine mandates from federal, state, and private entities. Immediately after the FDA announcement, Biden’s Pentagon announced that vaccination would become mandatory for all military service members. Many state and local school districts have also moved to mandate vaccines for teachers and school staff.
It used to be that if you said there would be vaccine mandates you were a conspiracy theorist. But many of those fears are coming true for soldiers, teachers, government employees, and private citizens across the US.
After the FDA announced full approval for the Pfizer vaccine on Monday, many organizations both private and public raced to implement vaccine mandates. It seems that many companies and government agencies had vaccination mandate policies standing by until FDA full approval.
Shortly after the FDA announcement, the Pentagon announced that all military personnel would be required to get the jab. Pentagon Spokesman John Kirby said that a timeline for that will be released soon.
Michelle Strowhiro, an employment lawyer, expects more companies to mandate vaccines, but also says that many employers are worried about losing people in an already difficult labor market: “What employers are trying to balance right now is implementing the right safety standards for their workforce while also being cognizant of the fact that the labor market is so difficult and many employers are already struggling with having the right number of people on staff.”
Notable organizations that have released some form of vaccination mandate include the State of New Jersey, the US Chamber of Commerce (even for virtual employees), United Airlines, Chevron, Microsoft, Tyson Foods, Walt Disney, and Netflix.
“Many employers, even though they could’ve implemented a vaccine mandate pre-FDA approval, have been waiting for full FDA approval because they believe their employees will be more receptive to a vaccine mandate.” - Michelle Strowhiro, employment lawyer