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Scott Moore, Esq., on what the law says about mandatory vaccinations

Moore and Rob Lawrence break down employer mandates and exemptions for mask wearing and vaccination


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As we head out of the depths of the pandemic and adjust to the “new normal,” the vaccination status of the workforce – in order to protect both coworkers and patients alike – is a major consideration. This week, a judge rejected a lawsuit from Houston hospital workers who had been suspended for not being vaccinated.

This issue is an emotive one, and to unpick these issues, our host, Rob Lawrence, speaks to employment and HR Lawyer, Scott Moore. Scott helps us understand the issues of mandatory vaccinations, declaration of vaccination status and more.

Scott A. Moore, Esq., has been in the EMS field for over 30 years and is a featured speaker at the EMS Leadership Summit hosted by the EMS Leadership Academy. Scott has held executive positions at several ambulance services in Massachusetts. He is a licensed attorney, specializing in human resources, employment and labor law, employee benefits and corporate compliance matters. Scott has been a site reviewer for the Commission on the Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS) for many years and currently serves on the CAAS Panel of Commissioners. In addition, Scott is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Savvik Foundation and The Code Green Campaign. For more information visit:

Read the article: “Can public safety employers mandate COVID-19 vaccination?” and listen to the discussion below.

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Rob Lawrence has been a leader in civilian and military EMS for over a quarter of a century. He is currently the director of strategic implementation for PRO EMS and its educational arm, Prodigy EMS, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and part-time executive director of the California Ambulance Association.

He previously served as the chief operating officer of the Richmond Ambulance Authority (Virginia), which won both state and national EMS Agency of the Year awards during his 10-year tenure. Additionally, he served as COO for Paramedics Plus in Alameda County, California.

Prior to emigrating to the U.S. in 2008, Rob served as the COO for the East of England Ambulance Service in Suffolk County, England, and as the executive director of operations and service development for the East Anglian Ambulance NHS Trust. Rob is a former Army officer and graduate of the UK’s Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and served worldwide in a 20-year military career encompassing many prehospital and evacuation leadership roles.

Rob is a board member of the Academy of International Mobile Healthcare Integration (AIMHI) as well as chair of the American Ambulance Association’s State Association Forum. He writes and podcasts for EMS1 and is a member of the EMS1 Editorial Advisory Board. Connect with him on Twitter.

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