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JABS FOR JOBS: Dr Hilary explains why over half of the public expect mandatory vaccines to work


Would you expect your boss to demand you were fully vaccinated before returning to the office?

New research of 5,000 workers across various sectors has found that half expect their employer to introduce a mandatory vaccination policy, while a third say it would be reckless not to - but what do the experts think we can expect? Here’s Dr Hilary Jones

What we know is that well over fifty million Brits have had a vaccine - that’s over thirty four million who’ve had their first dose, and over fifteen million who’ve had both.

Vaccine hesitancy is still prevalent - but here in the UK, it’s amongst the lowest in the world - with recent figures suggesting it’s around just 6% - other polling says it could be slightly higher.

There are free tools for employers to use - including the likes of VaccTrack lite - offering advice - ultimately though, it’s all about education says Dr Hilary.

More from the research by brighthr below:

Half of workers expect bosses to enforce mandatory vaccinations
Only 17% have discussed this with their company
Third say it would be reckless of their employer NOT to make vaccines mandatory
Interviews available with Alan Price, CEO of employment law advice company & HR software provider Bright HR

Half of Britain’s workers will expect their bosses to demand a vaccine passport before they can return to their workplace, according to a new study of 5,000 British workers across various sectors by BrightHR.

It also found only 17% have had a conversation about their companies’ policy on vaccines, but over a third said they expect it will be mandatory.

A fifth of Brits admit they would fear for their health if their employers refused to make the vaccine mandatory for staff. However, opinions on the introduction of mandatory vaccinations are split, while nationally a third think it would be reckless of their employer NOT to introduce a policy on vaccinations, almost two thirds say it is far too controlling for an employer to introduce such measures.

When it comes to industry specifics, workers in the hospitality industry lead the charge in agreeing mandatory vaccines are a good idea at 44%, compared to 24% of office workers, 21% of key workers and a quarter of decision makers.

However, 45% said they worry that creating a ‘jabs for jobs’ policy would put unnecessary pressure on people who didn’t wish to be vaccinated. Over a third said they would worry about people who were not safe to have the vaccine pushing to get one to protect their income.

Of the 1,000 business decision makers polled almost half said they have talked about their views and company policy on making vaccines mandatory and the majority of staff agreed with their views, whilst a third said they have yet to discuss this with their staff.

According to the research 1 in 10 (13%) don’t plan on taking up the vaccine offered to them due to concerns over side effects. Although they are not the only ones who worry about side effects, with two thirds of workers worried about taking time off if they develop side effects from their vaccine. This is of particular concern to hospitality workers, who for many have only just started to return to work. Over three quarters of staff working in hospitality would be concerned with taking time off if they were to experience side effects from the vaccine, followed by business leaders (68%).

For office workers 47% say they would have concerns over using shared facilities such as lifts, kitchens and toilets with other companies who might have different views on vaccines. Although 80% say they trust their employer to keep a workplace clean and hygienic.

Whilst 50% say in general they think that policies on vaccines are too controlling, when it comes to specific settings such as working with medically vulnerable people 70% say that people working in that area should be made to have the vaccine.

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