More than half (57%) of firms in the United States are either requiring or planning to implement mandatory vaccination for employees, according to insurance company Willis Towers Watson.
In the survey with 543 US employers, 18% said that they are already requiring their employees to get fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.
Meanwhile, 32% plan to require inoculation if the federal mandate for large employers takes effect and 7% are looking to authorize vaccinations regardless of whether the federal mandate takes effect.
The federal mandate by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is presently going through the courts.
Willis Towers Watson’s survey also found that 31% who are eyeing a vaccine policy are “very concerned” about its potential contribution to employee turnover.
However, only 3% of companies with mandatory vaccinations reported an increase in resignations.
Managing Director of Willis Towers Watson Jeff Levin-Scherz said that employers can encourage vaccinations and boosters by scheduling a flexible schedule and time off, promoting regular testing, and stipulating that masks be worn in the workplace.