Can my manager tell me I need to reschedule my covid19 vaccine?
1 attorney answer
There is no law on this particular situation as it is so new. Analogous law is also somewhat unclear. I think under the circumstances of this terrible pandemic, it could be considered a violation of public policy to terminate an employee for trying to get vaccination. If you were to get a doctor's note indicating your need for time off would strengthen your case that this is something covered under the Fair Employment and Housing Act or the FMLA/CFRA. However, counter arguments can be conceived of that might allow this kind of employer conduct. It is just too early to know.
If your employer is simply saying "not that afternoon" or "not that day" but is not opposing you getting the shot around that day/time, I can see that as being far more likely acceptable than a blanket "you cannot get a vaccination during work hours" type of position.
Good luck to you.
This answer should not be construed to create any attorney-client relationship. Such a relationship can be formed only through the mutual execution of an attorney-client agreement. The answer given is based on the extremely limited facts provided and the proper course of action might change significantly with the introduction of other facts. All who read this answer should not rely on the answer to govern their conduct. Please seek the advice of competent counsel after disclosing all facts to that attorney. This answer is intended for California residents only. The answering party is only licensed to practice in the State of California.