A 1989 statute in Oregon, in fact, does just that – places restrictions on healthcare employers. Healthcare employers are required to provide preventive vaccinations for their employees, but at the same time are prohibited from requiring their employees to be vaccinated unless vaccination is “otherwise required by federal or state law, rule, or regulation.”
The statute defines healthcare workers broadly. “Worker” means a person who is: licensed or certified to provide healthcare under separate legislative provisions; an employee of a healthcare facility, a licensed healthcare provider, or a clinical laboratory; a firefighter; a law enforcement officer; a corrections officer or a parole and probation officer.
We have contacted advisors to Governor Brown to seek clarification and learn whether a regulatory change may be considered. When we know more, we will follow up with an updated E-Alert. In the meantime, employers of healthcare employees (and all employers, regardless of industry) need to be cautious if they are planning to issue mandatory vaccination policies.
The entire statute can be reviewed here.
For any questions relating to navigating COVID-19 in the workplace, contact Paula Barran at 503-228-0500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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