Here is the official UBC response to the recent mandate about COVID-19 vaccinations: The data is clear that COVID vaccines are safe, effective, and widely available. The law is also clear: Employers have the right to mandate vaccines on the jobsite. The first vaccine mandate law was enacted in the United States in 1809 for smallpox. And the Supreme Court ruled to uphold vaccine mandates in 1905 and 1922. Earlier this year, the Supreme Court refused to take up a case challenging a vaccine mandate at Indiana University. The law is very clear. Employers, schools, and universities have the right to mandate vaccines.