A legal company has confirmed that there is no obligation for companies to hire people who have not had a COVID vaccination.
The prospect of normality is on the horizon. However, it seems that things will have changed when lockdown is gone.
There have been discussions about COVID passports for public spaces, as well as continued measures to fight the virus.
A legal company has now confirmed that employers may be able to turn away prospective hires if they have not had a vaccine.
What has been said?
The Prime Minister has discussed COVID passes. At the moment a trial run of the concept is reportedly being considered. With that said, more details are yet to emerge.
The MailOnline reported that during a visit to Middlesborough, Johnson said:
On the issue of vaccine certification, there’s definitely going to be a world in which international travel will use vaccine passports.”
“You can see already that other countries, the aviation industry, are interested in those and there’s a logic to that.”
The logic behind the move is to ensure the safety of workers and the public.
“I think when it comes to trying to make sure that we give maximum confidence to business and to customers here in the UK, there are three things – there’s your immunity, whether you have had it before, so you have got natural antibodies, whether you have been vaccinated, and then of course whether you have had a test.”
Vaccines to work
While the comments of Johnson were focused on public life, how companies employ people may also change. According to the legal representation company, Seyfarth the need for a vaccine could impact work.
The Times reported the findings of the legal company:
“At this stage, there is generally no obligation for private employers to require COVID passports. That said, employers may already be expected to track the test status and safety of their workers to ensure that they know if any staff are affected, who is working onsite or at third-party locations, etc.”
“Where private employers are most involved at this stage is where they want/need workers to be back on site, interact with members of the community, and/or travel. Where staff can work safely and effectively from home/remotely, the issue of COVID passports is less pressing.”
“For now we recommend that private employers promptly begin considering where their business may be subject to expectations or requirements to implement COVID passports.”
If a job requires staff to interact with the public, it seems that companies may be able to enforce this check. Nonetheless, the passport concept has not been accepted by everyone.
72 MPs have said that they will oppose the implementation of COVID passports. Moreover, the topic appears to be controversial on a number of fronts.
Labour member Baroness Shami Chakrabarti has opposed the move. The politician has stated:
“It’s dangerous, it’s discriminatory, it’s counter-productive.”
“It’s one thing to have a passport to travel internationally, that is a privilege, even a luxury, but participating in local community life is a fundamental right.”
With this in mind, action may be taken to prevent businesses from asking for proof of vaccination. Equally, some will argue it is needed to protect the public.
This looks set to continue being a controversial topic.
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