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What constitutes a “sincerely held” religious exemption to a vaccine mandate?

Sweeping new vaccine mandates could force millions of vaccine holdouts to become inoculated against COVID-19, but individuals with earnest religious beliefs or disabilities that interfere with inoculation may still be exempt from getting jabbed. It is new territory for many employers navigating the issue, given how risky a proposition it is to allow unvaccinated employees to […]

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Seed to Table owner weighs in after Biden announces new COVID vaccine requirement

On WINK News on Thursday, we told you that President Biden announced there will be new federal vaccine requirements that could impact about 100 million Americans. In the time since, the Republican National Committee (RNC) vowed it will sue the federal government. A number of businesses, including some in Southwest Florida, say the requirements will […]

FGCU President Mike Martin on vaccinating students, staff

Florida Gulf Coast University’s graduation is one week away, but school leaders are already looking ahead to next year, with one big focus being the COVID-19 vaccine. President Mike Martin says he would mandate vaccines for students and staff if he could, but ultimately it’s up to the Florida Board of Governors, which makes these […]

Can your workplace make the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory?

If your workplace required you to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning, would you do it? Perhaps more importantly, is it legal for employers to make such a mandate? According to Ben Yormak, an attorney based in Bonita Springs specializing in employment law, the answer is yes. “Yeah, we’ve been getting a lot of phone […]

US colleges divided over requiring student vaccinations

U.S. colleges hoping for a return to normalcy next fall are weighing how far they should go in urging students to get the COVID-19 vaccine, including whether they should — or legally can — require it. Universities including Rutgers, Brown, Cornell and Northeastern recently told students they must get vaccinated before returning to campus next […]