Are Vaccine Mandates Effective, Legal?
As the delta variant spike in COVID-19 cases continues, the move toward requiring proof of vaccination is growing.
On Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom said state employees and health care workers must submit evidence of vaccination or be subject to regular COVID-19 testing. Across the nation, VA hospitals will also require proof of vaccination from all health care workers.
As these new mandates take hold, it remains to be seen how successful they will be, and what level of backlash they may provoke.
UC Hastings law professor Dorit Reiss is an expert in vaccine law and policy. She joined KPBS Midday Edition to explain some of the legal issues related to vaccine mandates.
“We’ve never had an EUA (emergency use authorization) vaccine for the entire population," Reiss said. "But now we’re facing it and there’s increasing reasons to think that yes, you can still mandate the vaccine under an EUA, but it’s still an area of the law that is not settled.”