Do Vaccinated Employees Need to Wear Masks in the Workplace?

Subject: Employee Management
Pages: 2
Words: 635
Reading time:
3 min
Study level: Undergraduate

Many workers are convinced that after completing an entire course of vaccinations, they no longer need to wear masks in the workplace. However, others believe that complete vaccination does not guarantee the absolute protection and, therefore, requires continued wearing of masks. From my point of view, this position seems to be the most reasoned and reasonable. I am interested in this topic because I will have to work in an office with vaccinated people soon, many of whom are against wearing masks. For example, two doses are needed when using any vaccine, but it takes time for any drug to become most effective. Therefore, even after receiving a complete vaccination, one should continue to take extra care. Furthermore, even though one has received both doses of the vaccine, one can still infect others. Clinical trials of vaccines used now were conducted solely to determine whether they protect people from COVID-19, not to test whether vaccines stop transmitting and spreading the virus from person to person. Masks prevent infection, so it is important to continue wearing them for the vaccine recipients’ safety and to protect those around them.

I am convinced that more workers should be entitled to overtime pay. Moreover, I believe that the overtime threshold should be updated automatically and regularly. However, many would disagree with my position and argumentation. People are concerned that the economic effects of a possible increase in minimum wages are contradictory and could affect employment levels, prices of goods and services, economic growth, income inequality, and poverty. However, the gradual introduction of such a legislative initiative reduces the identified risks. Nevertheless, this topic is the subject of my interest because the overtime pay system affects the well-being of both my family and my friends’ families and most of the American population in general. The Trump administration’s new minimum wage cut will not automatically update with inflation, meaning it could take decades before it is changed again. Moreover, the Labor Department’s decision to revise overtime wage thresholds is consistent with President Biden’s commitment to increase wages and benefits, even though this is not obvious to many people.

Convincing people to wear masks even after being vaccinated is essential for the health of a considerable number of people. In addition, maintaining such protective measures can prevent the spread of the epidemic. Therefore, it is unacceptable to keep polemics on this topic. My point of view is logical and not contradictory and is also confirmed by clinical studies on coronavirus. Considering that the epidemic affected not only the US population but the whole world, the analyzed problem concerns most people in the world. Certainly, not all people are bothered about whether it is worth wearing masks at the workplace since many workers work remotely; there is also an unemployed population. However, the discussion affects how people act in a post-epidemic environment and what rules and regulations should be applied. Thus, the audience for this debate will be primarily workers and employers. Still, one should not exclude the possibility that the discussion will become broader and interest many more people.

There is currently a lot of discussion about the impact of Covid-19 on working methods and human resource management. As there is a clear need to prevent the re-spreading of the virus, people should adhere to the position that masks should continue to be worn in the workplace. There is no rational reason to risk people’s health if it can be avoided. During the epidemic, the human population’s loss was so significant that a repetition of the same situation must be avoided, mainly since a completely sparing method is used for this – wearing a protective mask. The introduction of such a strategy to combat coronavirus in the workplace will enable the HR Department to improve the working conditions of the firm’s employees.