With about half of the U.S. working age, vaccine-eligible population now vaccinated, employers want to know which of their employees got the shot. Many employers are under the impression that mandatory vaccine reporting and tracking is only possible when the employer mandates vaccination. Not true. Vaccine tracking is permissible under federal law regardless of whether your vaccine policy is mandatory or voluntary—and its relevance is now front and center. (In fact – perhaps in response to the federal position - several states have proposed, but have not yet enacted, bans on private employers requiring proof of employee vaccination status.) The issue certainly falls in the Pandora’s box category. Here is a look inside:
The veracity of employee vaccine reporting is a concern; for example, the CDC card is easily forged. There are a few choices here:
The culture is emerging from the pandemic and, as we hope to maintain momentum in the face of new viral mutations, employers should not fly blind about the vaccine status of their people. For more on this topic, see our January post here, and let us know how we can help.