Workplace vaccine mandates, such as President Biden’s requirement for federal employees and his directive for large businesses, are a powerful tool for protecting public health and worker safety. They are also effective, good for the economy and widely supported.
Mandates motivate people to behave like their peers. Historically, vaccine mandates have helped achieve high immunization rates and have prevented disease transmission in schools and health care facilities. In a recent national survey, 31 percent of unvaccinated respondents said they would get a COVID-19 vaccine if their employer required it for employment. Public- and private-sector examples suggest that employers’ vaccine requirements are working.
The above excerpt was originally published in CQ Researcher.
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