A survey conducted in October by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) found that 37% of illiterate adult participants say they would quit their jobs if they were forced to take a COVID-19 vaccine or take weekly tests. And if their employer mandated the vaccine and didn’t offer a testing option, 72% of non-vaccinated workers say they would quit.
According to KFF, a non-profit that focuses on national health issues, the percentage of unvaccinated adult participants who say they will if a vaccine is needed equals about 9% of all adults.
The organization surveyed 1,519 US adults by random phone calls between October 14-24, a . According to News release.
According to the KFF’s findings, “nearly a fifth (21%) of workers say they want their employer to need vaccinations when they don’t, while almost half (51%) say they don’t want to. His employer may require it.” .
When unvaccinated workers were asked what they would do if their employer required them to either receive the COVID-19 vaccine or undergo weekly testing, 11% said they would be most likely to get the vaccine, nearly half (46%) would opt for it. weekly tests and more than a third (37%) said they would be likely to quit.
“This represents 1% of all adults who will get the vaccine if they face an employer mandate and 5% who say they will quit their jobs,” the organization said.
“If their employer did not offer an option for weekly testing, the share of unvaccinated workers who say they will get the vaccine rises to 17% (2% of all adults) and saying they will quit their jobs, rises to 72% (9% of all adults),” it added.
FILE – City municipal workers march across the Brooklyn Bridge and rally in City Hall Park against vaccination mandates. (Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Following the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for federal contractors in December of 2020, Biden also announced that private employers with 100 or more workers would require them to be vaccinated or tested weekly. About 17 million workers in health facilities that receive federal Medicare or Medicaid must also be fully vaccinated.
Biden has argued that the broad mandate would help end a pandemic that has claimed the lives of more than 740,000 Americans.
KFF’s survey found that only 5% of unvaccinated adults said they quit because an employer required them to vaccinate. A large proportion (24%) of adult participants said they knew someone who quit their job because of a vaccine mandate, with Republicans twice as likely to say this as Democrats (32% versus 14%), the organization According to.
While the vaccine is not yet available for children aged 5-11 years, the survey also found that nearly 3 in 10 (27%) parents of children in that age group said they were eligible once. They will get vaccinated “immediately” when they do. Another third (33%) of parents said they would like to “wait and see” how it worked out in other children first.
Meanwhile, the US moved a step closer to expanding COVID-19 vaccination to millions more children as government advisors on Tuesday endorsed child-sized doses of Pfizer’s shots for 5- to 11-year-olds .
A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted unanimously, with one vote, that the vaccine’s benefits outweigh any potential risks in preventing COVID-19 in that age group. This includes questions about heart-related side effects that are very rare in teens and young adults, despite the use of very high vaccine doses.
While children are much less likely to have severe COVID-19 than older people, several panelists ultimately decided it was important to give parents the option to protect their young – especially those To those who are at high risk of illness or who live in places where other precautions, such as masks, are not being used in schools.
“This is an age group that deserves to be vaccinated and should be given the same opportunity to be vaccinated as every other age,” said Dr. Amanda Cohn, a panel member at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The FDA is not bound by the panel’s recommendation and is expected to make its decision within a few days. If the FDA agrees, there’s still one more step: Next week, the CDC will have to decide whether to recommend the shots and which young people should get them.
The full-strength shots made by Pfizer and its partner BioNTech are already recommended for everyone 12 and older, but pediatricians and many parents are struggling to protect young children . The extra-infectious delta variant has led to an alarming rise in pediatric infections – and families frustrated by school quarantines are told to say no to sleepovers and other childhood rites to keep the virus at bay.
In the age group of 5 to 11 years, more than 8,300 hospitalizations have been reported, with about a third requiring intensive care, and nearly 100 deaths.
The states are getting ready to roll out shots — just a third of the amount given to teens and adults — that will come in special orange-capped vials to avoid mixing doses. So far more than 25,000 pediatricians and other primary care providers have signed up to offer the vaccination, which will also be available at pharmacies and other locations.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to clarify that the percentage of people surveyed who said they would quit their jobs over vaccine requirements represents non-vaccination participants.