June 18, 2021

When can a business or institution mandate COVID vaccines?

Gov. Ducey signed an executive order blocking public universities and community colleges from mandating the vaccine.

An executive order from Gov. Ducey this week prevents Arizona's public universities and community colleges from requiring students to get a COVID-19 vaccine or subject them to mandatory tests and masks if they want to attend classes. It came about after Arizona State University announced unvaccinated students would need to take a test twice a week. After the governor issued the order, ASU said it would comply.

But the entire situation raises questions about what rights institutions and businesses have when it comes to issuing their own vaccine and mask requirements. We got answers from Tara Sklar, an expert in public health law at the University of Arizona.

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