Slim Majority Favor Vaccine Mandates to Return to Work

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That’s the share of office workers in a new poll who believe employers should require their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to return to the workplace. 

As employers and workers prepare to return to office settings after more than a year of remote work—many with plans to come together again by fall—the risk of alienating workers is clear, with surveys showing some people would rather find another job than return to their office. But how do workers feel about vaccination requirements? The poll results released last week by insurance company Haven Life, which surveyed 818 U.S. office workers in April, show it’s not a slam dunk issue.

Employers are allowed to issue vaccine mandates as a condition of going back to worksites, according to guidelines from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, with some exceptions in the case of religious beliefs or disabilities. (The EEOC is the government agency that enforces anti-workplace discrimination laws.)