More than half of U.S. employers, 54%, already have a COVID-19 vaccine mandate or are strongly considering one, according to a new study by McGriff, a subsidiary of Truist Insurance Holdings Inc.
The broker said Friday that the survey done earlier this month shows that more employers were already leaning towards a mandate, while in a previous survey in January, only 3% of employers told McGriff that they were planning a vaccine mandate.
The Instant Insights COVID-19 vaccine mandate survey conducted by the McGriff Employee Benefits Division found that 11% of the 315 employers surveyed had already completed, or were in the process of implementing, a vaccine mandate.
More than a third, 36%, of companies are still considering. A mandate at the time of the September 1
Almost as many, 35% of employers, said that an increase in local covid-19 infection rates and hospital admissions would be their first decision factor, while 31% of respondents said that an outbreak in the workplace would be the main reason for make their decision.
The survey also showed that at least 45% of companies provide extra paid leave due to COVID-19 quarantine in addition to normal paid leave and while some start making the paid leave dependent on vaccination status, with 9% already doing so and 29 % consider it.
The survey also showed that 12% of employers either already provide incentives to vaccinated workers or plan to do so while 19% weigh this option.
Only 29% of employers said they would not consider a vaccine mandate or a supplement / incentive policy under any circumstances.
The US regulatory approval of Pfizer Inc.'s vaccine last month has led a growing number of employers to adopt mandates as highly contagious delta variants spread, McGriff said.
Nick Pearce, head of the McGriff Employee Benefits Insights and Analytics group, said in a Friday statement that the group wanted to see how the employer's attitudes toward labor vaccination status were affected by the FDA's full approval of the Pfizer vaccine.
“Compared to what employers told us in January, I think the message is clear. Now that the vaccine has proven to be safe and effective, many employers want to ensure the safety of their staff and return to doing business, Pearce said in the statement.