Five per cent of unvaccinated adults have left a job due to a vaccination requirement

Five per cent of unvaccinated adults polled said they have already left their jobs due to vaccine mandates, while 37 per cent said they would leave if their employer forced vaccinations or weekly testing. A staggering 72 per cent said they would leave if weekly testing was not optional
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At least five per cent of Americans have chosen to quit their jobs rather than get the COVID-19 vaccine as part of their workplace mandates, a new poll has found.  

The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) polled 1,519 adults from October 14 to October 24 on vaccination trends, from getting their children vaccinated to asking if they’d leave their job over vaccine mandates. 

The KFF reported that five per cent of unvaccinated adults polled have left their jobs due to a vaccine mandate. 

The study also found that 37 per cent of unvaccinated adults – who account for said they would leave their job if their employer required a vaccine or weekly testing. 

The figure increases to 72 percent if weekly testing is not an option.   

Early last month, the Biden Administration announced a plan to direct the Department of Labor to enforce all businesses with over 100 employees to get vaccinated or tested weekly. 

Five per cent of unvaccinated adults polled said they have already left their jobs due to vaccine mandates, while 37 per cent said they would leave if their employer forced vaccinations or weekly testing. A staggering 72 per cent said they would leave if weekly testing was not optional

The Biden Administration announced a plan last month that it plans on introducing a plan that would mandate all employers with more than 100 employees to require vaccines or tested weekly or face expensive fines

The plan could leave businesses facing expensive fees for every unvaccinated employee or force companies to fire their workers. 

Biden also signed an executive order earlier this year requiring all government employees and those who contracted to do government work must be vaccinated and do not have the option to test weekly. 

In addition, teachers and healthcare workers receiving federal money from the Head Start program or Medicare and Medicaid, respectively, would also have to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. 

‘The mandates are working,’ Biden said during a CNN town hall last week. 

The poll found that 25 per cent of employers are now requiring vaccines compared to the nine per cent in June. It also found a staggering difference between political parties. The majority of participants that identified as Republican said they would not want a vaccine mandate at their job, compared to only 20 per cent of Democrats

The poll found that 25 per cent of employers are now requiring vaccines compared to the nine per cent in June. It also found a staggering difference between political parties. The majority of participants that identified as Republican said they would not want a vaccine mandate at their job, compared to only 20 per cent of Democrats 

Since vaccine mandates started going into effect, the workers surveyed reported that vaccine requirements have jumped from nine per cent of employers in June to 25 per cent this month. 

The study also found that workers coming from a $90,000 or more household were more likely to experience vaccine mandates from their employers than those living in a $40,000 or less household. 

Of the 1,500 polled, 36 per cent of those who identified as a Democrat reported their employer required vaccination, while Republicans polled only reported 17 per cent. 

However, 72 per cent of Republican workers reported they do not want their employers to require it, while only 20 per cent of Democrats said they opposed being forced. 

The study’s October numbers showed that 72 per cent of participants were already vaccinated with at last one dose, with only four per cent reporting they would receive a vaccine if mandated and 16 per cent saying they would ‘definitely not’ get one. 

Six in 10 workers admitted they would seek religious exemptions. 

Employers have to seriously consider religious exemptions. Although most religions are not anti-vaccine, it doesn’t have to be for employees to apply for it, according to USA Today. 

The study's October results showed that 72 per cent of participants have already gotten vaccinated, which has increased almost 10 per cent since June. However, four per cent said they would get vaccinated if they were required too and 16 per cent said they would 'definitely not' get the vaccine

The study’s October results showed that 72 per cent of participants have already gotten vaccinated, which has increased almost 10 per cent since June. However, four per cent said they would get vaccinated if they were required too and 16 per cent said they would ‘definitely not’ get the vaccine 

Religious exemptions can be granted to employees who ‘sincerely’ hold the belief and doesn’t necessarily have to be held to the religious doctrine, courts said. 

Richelle T. Luther, an executive for Columbia Sportswear Company, is calling for clearer guidance on exemptions. 

‘We need guidance from the federal government on how to process accommodations, particularly for religious exemptions,’ told the House Committee last week. 

However, despite exemptions being a gray area, many companies have successfully implemented vaccine mandates, including United Airlines, which got 99.7 per cent of their employees vaccinated. Only around 2,000 employees applied for religious exemptions and the company let go of more than 200 earlier this month. 

Others are facing employee shortages from vaccine mandates, including the New York Police and Fire Departments. 

New York could face a serious shortage of firefighters, sanitation workers, and cops Friday evening – the deadline for all city workers to get their first shot or get sent home without pay on Monday. 

Almost 70 per cent of Americans have received at least one does of the vaccine

Almost 70 per cent of Americans have received at least one does of the vaccine 

The head of New York City’s firefighter union is telling members to go to work whether they’re vaccinated or not ahead of Friday’s vaccine mandate deadline, as the police union continues to fight the rule in court.

Andrew Ansbro, president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association, says that his members felt ‘insulted’ by Mayor Bill de Blasio’s order, which was announced just last week.

‘I have told my members that if they choose to remain unvaccinated, they must still report for duty,’ Ansbro told a news conference Wednesday.

‘If they are told they cannot work, it will be the department and City of New York that sends them home. And it will be the department and the City of New York that has failed to protect the citizens of New York.’

Close to a third of the fire department remains unvaccinated.

On Wednesday, a Staten Island judge rejected a request by the NYPD’s largest union to temporarily block the mandate from taking place. Similar court fights are taking place in Seattle and Chicago, where mayors have also instituted vaccine mandates for city workers.

Protests have been popping across the country has more employers enact mandates

Protests have been popping across the country has more employers enact mandates

New York City's Brooklyn Bridge (pictured) was shut down on Monday after protesters overtook three Manhattan-bound lanes of traffic to protest NYC's mandate

New York City’s Brooklyn Bridge (pictured) was shut down on Monday after protesters overtook three Manhattan-bound lanes of traffic to protest NYC’s mandate 

The New York City Police and Fire Department are fighting the mandate. The fire department i

The New York City Police and Fire Department are fighting the mandate. The fire department’s union is now selling unvaccinated workers to show up on Monday, despite the mandate stating they would go home without pay following the Friday deadline to get at least one dose of the vaccine 

A new hearing has been scheduled for November 12, in which the government will have to prove the mandate is not ‘arbitrary and capricious and an abuse of discretion.’

New York City employees have until 5pm on Friday to receive their first vaccination and a $500 bonus.

Those who refuse will be placed on leave without pay on Monday.

Protests have popped up all over the country, including in New York. The Brooklyn Bridge was shut down from 12.30 to 3pm on Monday due to protesters blocking three lanes of traffic leading into Manhattan.  

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