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Infographic – US Employer Vaccine Mandates Tick Up

Chart: US employer mandates

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11 Sept. 2021. A new poll shows a jump in the percentage of American workers now required by employers to get vaccinated against Covid-19. Data from a Gallup survey conducted last month shows about one in five workers (19%) in the U.S. are covered by employer vaccine mandates, triple the percentage reported just two months earlier.

From May through July, five to nine percent of workers said their employers required Covid-19 vaccinations to return to their in-person jobs. Gallup’s latest data in August show 19 percent of employers require vaccination, with another 55 percent encouraging the shots, or about three in four workers (74%) combined. That represents a small increase from the roughly seven in 10 — 71 or 72 percent — from May through July.

The business research company Statista published its chart with the Gallup findings on Thursday. That same day the White House released plans to require employers with more than 100 workers to mandate vaccines or weekly tests of their workforces, as well as federal workers, contractors, and health care staff at facilities receiving Medicare or Medicaid funds. Also that day, the Business Roundtable, a group representing CEOs of large U.S. companies, endorsed the government’s plan.

In response to another Gallup question, about half (52%) of workers in August say they favor employer vaccination mandates, the same percentage as reported in July. However the number of respondents strongly in favor of mandates increased from 36 to 41 percent in August, also 12 points more than in May. The 31 percent strongly opposed to employer mandates in August is the same percentage recorded in May.

Gallup conducted its latest survey 16 to 22 August, with 1,870 individuals working full or part-time, taking part in its nationally representative panel.

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