I wanted to start this topic to ask about other people’s experience on how covid vaccinations have affected their jobs. I’m not an anti vaxxer, but I don’t want to take the covid vaccine for various reasons. Mostly, I’m not confident that enough testing and research has been done so I would rather wait until the results are more clear.
My company CEO has been making an aggressive push to get employees vaccinated and are going to great lengths like providing covid vaccines and bringing in “specialists” to talk about why we need to be get vaccinated. The things that made me uncomfortable about this are:
a) My manager alluded to the fact that I might lose my job if I don’t get the covid vaccine. She didn’t say it outright, but she basically said, “you’re aware that there might be consequences, right?”
b) They made employees who hadn’t gotten fully vaccinated yet attend a mandatory company-wide meeting to listen to “specialists” talk about different aspects of the covid vaccine. We were required to register for the meeting.
What really didn’t set well with me in the meeting was that some of the specialists were making political and even religious arguments that were pro covid vaccine. They specifically called out conservatives and libertarians and also were saying how “no religion ever says don’t take a vaccine” and that, conversely, “taking the vaccine is in line with religious principles like treating others right”.
First of all, bullshit. Who the hell are you and what makes you certified to make such broad statements? Second, this felt wildly inappropriate to talk about at work let alone a company-wide meeting. The CEO has been doing other things like offering prizes and money for people getting fully vaccinated, providing lists of universities that require full vaccination, and in general just being really active in making sure people get the covid vaccine which all just felt really really odd.
I think the most a work place should do is determine their return-to-office plan and let their employees know what those plans are. Maybe provide some resources for those that are interested in getting the covid vaccine but leaving it up to the individual to make that decision.
This has been my experience, but I wanted to see what other experiences people have had regarding the covid vaccines affecting their jobs, school or even other areas of their life.