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COVID Vaccine  Employers will have to address each situation on a case-by-case basis, weighing the need for the employee to get the vaccine against the alternatives available to the employer. (Photo: Frank Augstein/AP)

As the world eagerly awaits the widespread availability of the COVID-19 vaccines, employers everywhere are bracing for an onslaught of the next round of COVID-related issues. Can—and should—employers require employees to get the vaccine, to protect themselves and others in their workplaces? Can an employee refuse to return to work if his or her co-workers are not vaccinated? And if there are vaccine injuries, would an employer be liable for them if the employer required its employees to get the vaccine?

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