Those refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19 are already facing financial repercussions like higher health insurance premiums and even the loss of their jobs. But now the financial fallout could continue beyond the grave. New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority will no longer pay a 500,000 death benefit to the families of subway, bus and commuter rail workers if they die of COVID and were unvaccinated at the time of death. Mark DeBofsky, a lawyer at DeBofsky Sherman Casciari Reynolds in Chicago who represents workers in benefit disputes says, "It strikes me as needlessly cruel." But Carol Harnett, president of the Council for Disability Awareness counters that "there's a frustration level, particularly at this point when these vaccines are fully approved. You're trying to protect yourselves and your employees, both from themselves and the general public." While others have taken similar actions, the New York Transportation Authority is the highest-profile employer to do so. More than 70% of transit employees are estimated to be vaccinated, according to MTA officials. (CNN)
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