More than 140 million Americans have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but the rate of vaccinations has dropped off in recent weeks, putting in jeopardy President Joe Biden’s goal of 70% of adults having taken at least one dose by July 4.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said last week that 63% of Americans have received at least one shot, but an analysis by USA Today projects that U.S. vaccinations will reach only 67% of adults by Independence Day.
While many states have offered incentives — from $1 million lotteries to tuition-free college to marijuana cigarettes (in a program dubbed “Joints for Jabs”) — some experts fear that the numbers will continue to flatten.
That brings up a major question: Can an employer mandate that employees take the vaccine or risk losing their jobs?
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) said May 28 that businesses can indeed require that their employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 without violating federal law.