Vaccine Sentiment Shifts as Cases Rise

Forty-six percent of employers say they are “more strongly” considering a vaccine mandate for employees due to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, according to survey results released Monday by employment law firm Littler Mendelson P.C.

The survey also found that 27 percent of employers are unsure, while just 22 percent say they have firmly decided not to institute a mandate, according to the survey of 1,630 in-house lawyers, C-suite executives and human resources professionals.

As of early August, 21 percent of respondents reported they are currently mandating vaccines or planning to in some form.

The latest data is a stark contrast to earlier sentiments: In January, fewer than 1 percent of employers were mandating vaccinations and just 9 percent were planning to in some form, according to the law firm.

Experts say the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval on Monday of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine could prompt more employer mandates.

Source: Business Insurance