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West Virginia legislation makes taking legal action involving COVID-19 difficult

Published: Aug. 23, 2021 at 10:57 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va (WDTV) - Businesses begin to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for employees after the Pfizer vaccine received full FDA approval.

Sam Madia with Shaffer Madia Law said this action is legal. “It is pretty simple,” he explained. “A private employer can absolutely mandate the vaccine, or likewise they can mandate a mask wearing policy.”

Madia added recent legislation in West Virginia related to COVID-19 would make it more difficult to take legal action against employers or state officials. The West Virginia COVID-19 Immunity Act is a retroactive law that limits what can be done legally with cases involving COVID-19.

“It’s stated purpose is to eliminate liability against any person for damage or death arising from COVID-19,” he explained.

The act protects any injury or damages resulting from exposure related to COVID-19 in the state.

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