September 19, 2021

‘Ethically, they are obligated’: Stanford professor says it’s OK to require COVID vaccine at work

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — In one other try to sluggish the surge of COVID circumstances, San Francisco, Contra Costa, and Santa Clara Counties urged all employers Thursday to require COVID vaccines.

Some, like Laurie Thomas have already made it a mandate.

“Everybody is fully vaccinated and we won’t hire unless we can see proof of vaccine,” Thomas stated.

Thomas is the manager director of the Golden Gate Restaurant Affiliation and proprietor of Terzo and Rose’s Cafe in San Francisco’s Cow Hole neighborhood. All 65 of her restaurant workers have been totally vaccinated by the top of April. “We took two months, we focused on education. But yes, had some tearful conversations, we had people that had misperceptions.”

There are two forms of exemptions for any vaccine requirement – medical and spiritual – however these are uncommon.

“This disease is evolving in a way to make it more deadly and more contagious,” stated David Magnus, the director for the Stanford Heart for Biomedical Ethics, who continued, “for diseases like that, public health measures trump individual liberty, and we often take take actions to require that people get vaccinated.”

Magnus says as a result of the COVID vaccine is now accessible to everybody within the U.S. it’s moral to require it and there may be precedent. “We do that with measles vaccines, we do that with patients with tuberculosis, who are unwilling to get medical treatment for their conditions, we actually incarcerate them against their wishes on the grounds of public health.”

“So if there’s no genuine religious objection, no medical reason not to be vaccinated, and no economic hardship for being vaccinated, there really is absolutely no good reason why somebody shouldn’t be vaccinated. Ethically, they are obligated to do this, obligated to themselves, to their families, to their communities, they should be vaccinated. So enforcement of that is really a way of protecting the entire community. Put it another way, if everybody in the country had been vaccinated COVID would now be a thing of the past instead of a looming new crisis on the horizon,” Magnus stated.

The important thing in accordance to Magnus is to assist workers – with cash, time, and schooling… which is strictly what Thomas did.

“We paid sick pay, we helped facilitate schedules, we drove them to Walgreens,” stated Thomas of working with all her workers to be certain that they have been snug getting vaccinated. “We did a lot of supportive work that way to make it happen”

Thomas says she did not lose one worker over her COVID vaccine requirement.

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