Amid vocal dismay over the president chez Joe Biden With the impending vaccine and Covid testing requirements, a new survey found that zero percent of respondents were willing to lose their jobs rather than get vaccinated.
Last month, the president announced anti-Covid measures that included an OSHA mandate that employers with 100 or more workers require their employees to be vaccinated or undergo weekly tests for the virus, a policy that benefits ‘overwhelming public support. But there has also been a very vocal minority who strongly oppose the mandate, or any mandate in many cases.
But despite concerns about potential staff shortages, some new data indicates that the number of people who will put their money where their unvaccinated mouths are is extremely small.
First, there’s a new YouGov poll in which respondents were asked “If your employer said you had to get the COVID-19 vaccine, or else you would lose your job, which one would you choose?”
Precisely zero percent responded “Losing your job.”
But when asked “does your employer require you to be vaccinated?” ”, Only 19% answered“ yes ”, while 61% said“ no ”and 21% said they were“ not sure ”.
The vaccine and testing requirement is still several weeks away, but many companies and other organizations have started implementing such policies on their own, and the White House released a report this week saying they operate and cause little loss of personnel:
On August 6, United Airlines announced that all of its 67,000 employees should be vaccinated within five weeks of FDA approval of a COVID-19 vaccine. When United started requiring vaccination, only 59% of its employees were vaccinated. In less than two months, United announced that 99% of its employees were vaccinated and in compliance. As United began the process of separating workers who refused to comply, about half of the remaining unvaccinated chose to be vaccinated.21 In less than 60 days, the company with 67,000 employees faced the prospect to lose less than 200 people. More than 99% of workers took action to comply with the vaccination obligation.
A similar trend is currently occurring at Tyson Foods. On August 3, when Arkansas-based Tyson Foods announced that its employees should be vaccinated, only 45% of its workforce had been vaccinated. Today that number stands at 91%. That’s a 102% increase in two months. The company’s vaccination requirement covers all of its 120,000 US employees, and the company’s vaccination rate will continue to rise as workers have until November 1 to get vaccinated.
Some of the largest employers in the United States, such as AT&T, Bank of America, CVS, Disney, Google, Hess, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Netflix, Procter & Gamble, and Walgreens already have vaccination requirements. And, more and more companies are requesting vaccinations every week.
Organizations have taken different approaches. Some places like Amtrak are implementing a system that allows workers to get tested or vaccinated every week. They will therefore be prepared for the upcoming Ministry of Labor rule requiring all employers with 100 or more employees to implement such a system. Other companies, such as United Airlines and Tyson Foods, do not allow exclusion from testing and have recorded some of the highest levels of immunization in the private sector.
Time will tell if these trends continue, but for now, it looks like the unvaccinated are less eager to take this job and push it forward than the vocal protests would have you believe.
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