Earlier this spring, as Covid-19 vaccine access expanded rapidly across the nation, most employers weren’t choosing to require workers to receive the vaccine.
A February survey by global employment law firm Littler Mendelson PC found less than 1% of employers were requiring Covid-19 vaccinations for all workers — although another 6% planned to take that step in the future. While experts say there’s nothing in federal law prohibiting a vaccine mandate for private employers, many companies concluded it wasn’t worth the headaches.
But there are signs those sentiments may be changing.
Employment law attorneys say more businesses are now seriously considering vaccine mandates than they were three months ago, and they anticipate the number of employers implementing a mandate will climb in the months to come, with health care providers likely to lead the way.