Private companies should absolutely not mandate the COVID-19 vaccine. There are a myriad reasons for this but allow me to list a few of the most obvious.
Firstly, this is still an experimental vaccine. Yes, Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson are all actively pursuing full FDA approval, but current usage is permitted only under an emergency use authorization, or an EUA. If this was a good faith discussion, the EUA would render any discussion of vaccine mandates completely absurd, full stop. Mandates of the COVID vaccines should be illegal under any circumstance, but especially under an EUA.
That said, I’ll concede the FDA’s full approval is basically a foregone conclusion. According to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll, 3 in 10 unvaccinated adults would be more likely to get the medicine if it received full FDA approval and the government is very aware of this. It will exert significant pressure to help hurry along full approval.
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