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Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccinations Frequently asked Questions

02/26/2021

Q. Can the government mandate COVID-19 vaccinations?

A.Governments can pass reasonable regulation and legislation related to vaccination, but at this time neither the federal or provincial governments have indicated they will require vaccination of all citizens. It is more likely that vaccination will be required for workers employed in specifc settings including health-care, long-term care, and group living situations.

Q. Is my employer allowed to ask me for proof of vaccination against COVID-19?

A. In certain circumstances employers may require employees to disclose their COVID-19 vaccination status depending on the nature of the employment. In health care, long term care, and group living situations such requests are most likely to be deemed legitimate.

Q. Can my employer force me get vaccinated?

A. An employer cannot force you to be vaccinated. You have a right to decline to be immunized. However, if the policy requiring immunization is deemed to be reasonable, you may face a range of consequences for refusing vaccination ranging from redeployment to unpaid leave and up to and including the termination of employment.

Q. What if I have a medical or religious reason for refusing the vaccination?

A. Mandatory vaccination policies engage employee human rights considerations. When appropriate documentation is provided employers must undertake an individualized assessment of your need for accommodation, up to the point of undue hardship.

Q. If I don’t believe in vaccinations can I make a claim for human rights protections?

Q. Can my employer demand a blood sample to conduct antibody testing?

A. Unifor has always resisted employer demands blood testing of employees because of heightened privacy and human rights considerations.

 

Should you have specifc questions, please contact your Local Representative. NLlgcope343 www.unifor.org/COVID19 UNIFOR | COVID-19 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: MANDATORY COVID-19 VACCINATIONS