Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Florida

Q: Can my employer require proof of COVID Vaccine in Florida if I have a medical condition?

2 Lawyer Answers
Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
  • Employment Law Lawyer
  • Hollywood, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Yes. However, if you have a diagnosed disability which a physician says makes you medically ineligible for the vaccine, and you are fired for not being vaccinated, you may have a potential disability discrimination claim, as well as a potential unemployment compensation claim. From what I've heard, health conditions that make one ineligible to get the vaccine are rare.

Eva Zelson
Eva Zelson

A: Yes, your employer can require employees to get the Covid-19 vaccine and as such, is justified in asking for proof of the vaccine. Employees can present the CDC Covid-19 Vaccination Record Cards issued at vaccination sites without revealing any private health info beyond their birthdate. If your employer requires the vaccine and you are requesting a medical exemption, you must present medical documentation to your employer to be eligible for the exemption.

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