A new survey found that nearly 40 percent of unvaccinated employees working in the United States would quit their jobs if they were forced to receive coronavirus vaccines or take weekly COVID-19 checks.
The survey, conducted by the “Henry J. Kaiser Family” Foundation, indicates that seven out of 10 unvaccinated people are willing to leave their jobs, if employers require them to get the vaccine, according to the newspaper, “The Wall Street Journal .”
According to the October 14-24 survey of 1,519 adults in the United States, a quarter of respondents said they were required by their employer to vaccinate against the coronavirus.
78 percent of eligible Americans have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 67.4 percent are fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Labor and employment lawyers say there is nothing to stop employers, whether public or private, from requiring their employees to be vaccinated.
In New York, new requirements require all city workers to get their first dose by October 29 and if they fail to do so they risk losing their jobs.
In the New York Fire Department, 71 percent of employees were fully vaccinated, compared to 76 percent in the city’s police department.
The American newspaper notes that it is possible that up to 20 percent of fire companies will be closed if all employees do not receive the first dose on time, while the number of ambulances can drop to 20 percent as well.
In addition, the survey also shows the reluctance of parents to vaccinate their children with the approach of adopting the vaccine for the age group between 5 to 11 years.
Experts advising the Food and Drug Administration earlier this week recommended that the regulator authorize the Pfizer-Biontech vaccine for that age group. A final decision is expected in the coming days or weeks.
More than a quarter of parents said they would allow their children to be vaccinated once the vaccine is approved, according to the survey.
In contrast, 30 percent of parents said they would definitely not, a third of parents said they would wait a while, and 5 percent said they would only if the child’s school required the vaccination
“The Wall Street Journal .”