GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (NEXSTAR) – Dollar General employees are paid four hours if they opt for the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The retailer was one of the first large employers to offer employees pay for vaccines.The company has 16,720 retailers in 47 states and employs more than 157,000 people.
Coronavirus deaths in the United States hit another one-day high of over 4,300, with the country’s attention focused on the detrimental effects of the deadly City Hall uprising.
The nation’s overall death toll from COVID-19 has eclipsed 380,000, according to Johns Hopkins University, and is rapidly shutting down from the number of Americans killed in World War II – an estimated 407,000. It has been confirmed, numbering 22.8 million.
Can an employer be forced to get the COVID-19 vaccine? Yes, with a few exceptions
Experts say employers can require employees to take safety measures, including vaccination. That doesn’t mean you will be fired if you decline. But you may be required to sign a waiver or agree to work on specific terms to limit any risks you may pose to yourself or others.
Dorit Reiss, a law professor specializing in vaccine policy at the University of California Hastings College of the Law, said “employers have a wide scope” to set rules for the workplace. “It’s their business.”
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Committee allows companies to order flu and other vaccines, and also states they can need the COVID-19 vaccine.
There are exceptions. For example, people can request exemptions for medical or religious reasons.
And even if employers can request vaccinations But there is a reason they might not want it.
Keeping up with the required vaccination compliance will be an administrative burden, said Michelle S. Strowhiro, McDermott Employment Counsel and Attorney Will & Emery. To happen
As a result, many employers are likely to encourage vaccination without it, Strowhiro said.
As the country is simultaneously facing a political crisis and facing the growing threat of violence from far-right extremism, the United States killed 4,327 people on Tuesday, according to John Hopkins’ numbers. Arizona and California are among the hardest hit states.
Daily numbers are subject to revision. But deaths have increased dramatically in the past 2 1/2 months and the country is now in the midst of the worst outbreaks despite the introduction of a vaccine. New patients are operating, on average, nearly a quarter million per day.
More than 9.3 million Americans received their first vaccine, or less than 3% of the population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s not so good among the hundreds of millions of people that experts say must be vaccinated to eradicate the outbreak.
Efforts are growing across the country. Large drive-through vaccination locations have opened up at stadiums and other venues, allowing people to take pictures through car windows.
In addition, a growing number of states have begun offering vaccinations to the next in the senior population, with a minimum age of 65, 70 or 75, so far, health care workers and residents. In a nursing home Featured in most places
And the Trump administration announced a plan on Tuesday to accelerate its push for vaccination by releasing all doses rather than keeping a large reserve to ensure people get a second vaccination straight. time
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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