About three in 10 American workers say their employers already require them to get vaccinated against Covid-19, according to a recent survey, and nearly two in 10 more say they would like their employer to establish such a mandate.
A Kaiser Family Foundation survey conducted in November found that 29% of employed Americans said their employer required them to get the Covid-19 vaccine, 69% said their employer did not require that. Another 18% of workers said they wanted their employer to require them, meaning that about half overall, 47%, work under a mandate or would prefer to have one.
Those working for the larger types of companies that would be affected by the Biden administration’s proposed mandate were more likely to say that their employer already required vaccinations, and 36% of those working for companies with 100 or more employees did so. they say.
Another 17% work at such a company without a current vaccine requirement and said they would prefer one, while 41% who work for companies of that size said their company did not implement a vaccine mandate and do not want one.
In general, most Americans are in favor of requiring vaccination in order to go to work. In the November KFF poll, 52% said they supported a federal government requirement for weekly vaccinations or testing among older employees, down slightly from the 57% who supported it in October.
A CNN poll conducted in early December, shortly after the omicron variant appeared, found increased support for a government mandate for larger companies, 60% saying they supported one that required weekly vaccinations or testing for employees of companies with 100 or more employees.
A CBS News poll, also conducted in early December, found that 53% were in favor of requiring proof of vaccination to go to the workplace, without specifying whether that requirement came from the government or from employers.