A massive trend for job seekers: get vaccinated, or you won’t get the job. That’s according to research completed by Ladders. A large-scale review of 3.8 million job postings in Canada and the U.S. shows an eye-popping surge in vaccination requirements: a 5,000% increase since January 2021. Mark Cenendella, CEO of the Ladders, hints that the vaccine mandate is even more pervasive. “Not every employer mandating vaccination includes that detail in the job description,” he says. Recent CDC data shows that greater than 99.999% of those fully vaccinated do not die from a breakthrough case of COVID-19. Will vaccine requirements continue? “Throughout the fall and winter,” Cenendella predicts, “especially after vaccines receive full FDA approval.” To date, nearly 50% of eligible Americans are fully vaccinated.
Meanwhile, the Biden administration is suggesting booster shots for vaccinated individuals, eight months after the initial dosage. According to reports from NPR, the boosters would be intended to protect against the highly contagious delta variant, which has caused caseloads in the U.S. to surge. A third shot for those who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines would also help with any waning effectiveness of the current shots.
A source familiar with these discussions said administering the boosters could begin as early as mid to late September, pending authorization from the Food and Drug Administration. During a similar timeframe, the Harvard Gazette is sharing a grim prediction around the Delta variant. Potential projections show as many as 157,000 COVID-19 related deaths could occur in the US before the end of the year. Benjamin P. Linas, a professor of medicine at Boston University, says, “If we want to end this pandemic, then all Americans need to be vaccinated and at least right now, we should be masking when in public indoor spaces.”
Major employers like Microsoft, Disney, Walmart, Uber, Netflix, Google, Facebook and Lyft are requiring vaccine, while high-paying remote work opportunities skyrocket. On Wall Street, people are encouraged to get vaccinated, but it’s not a requirement. Employees want choice and freedom, while employers want safety for workers and customers. For many, vaccine requirements are any easy yes. For others, not so much.
Dr. Joshua Liao, a physician at the University of Washington, calls for greater understanding of the unvaccinated. Vaccine hesitancy has multiple sources and reasons, and greater understanding can help all organizations to move towards a safer and more productive future. US News offers some guidance on how to approach loved ones who are hesitant about getting the vaccine. Dr. Richard Siedman is the chief medial officer of L.A. Health Care Plan, and he shares, “We can’t assume what others are thinking or feeling, so it’s best to ask. Once we understand others’ concerns more clearly, we’re better able to engage in a meaningful discussion to explore how to best address their concerns.”
Business leaders across all industries are wrestling with the impact of the Delta variant. Is it appropriate to infringe on someone’s freedom, and require them to take a shot that may impact their personal rights? With freedom comes responsibility, according to former California governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, in an article in Forbes. “We put the traffic light at the intersection, so someone doesn’t kill someone else by accident…We have to come together, rather than fighting.” If you want to give your career a boost, that vaccine might be something worth considering.