CAN EMPLOYERS FORCE EMPLOYEES TO TAKE THE COVID-19 VACCINE? THE AFRICA PERSPECTIVE
Updated: May 16
On the 31st of January 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the coronavirus a global health emergency. On the 11th of March 2020, the coronavirus was declared a pandemic by the WHO. The world as we knew it began to change rapidly and dramatically and the race for a vaccine began. If we fast-forward to 2021, we now have more than one vaccine to help in the fight against the pandemic.
However, globally there is vaccine hesitancy and resistance. The main reason being the fear around the speed of the development of the COVID-19 vaccine which was reduced into months rather than the usual years, coupled with politics.
Experts have explained that COVID-19 spurred global cooperation for vaccine research and development. They further explained that the COVID-19 vaccine has largely been developed in the same manner as earlier vaccines because researchers used the benefit of past scientific experience to better ensure that a vaccine for COVID-19 will be safe. So, based on the fears associated with an early vaccine, can an employer force an employee to take the COVID-19 vaccine?