- In a poll of 150 current and current
CEOsOf the big companies – including Walmart, Goldman Sachs, and UPS – 72% of respondents said they were open to COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
- “The idea of vaccine mandates was surprisingly open,” said Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, founder of the
YaleChief Executive Leadership Institute, said CNN.
- The leaders were interviewed at a summit organized by the institute.
- However, some participants said they would wait to make a decision and assess how the first rounds of vaccination were going.
- Employers may be allowed to require vaccinations, with certain exceptions, but companies are more likely to strongly encourage employees to get vaccinated, attorneys previously told Business Insider.
Large company CEOs could require at least some employees to take a COVID-19 shot, a survey of business executives found.
At the Yale Chief Executive Leadership Institute’s virtual summit on Tuesday, 150 current and current CEOs of large companies – including executives from Walmart, Goldman Sachs, and UPS – were interviewed about the concept of vaccine mandates, and 72% said they were open to the vaccines idea , via CNN.
“The idea of vaccine mandates was surprisingly open,” Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, founder of the institute, told the publication. The survey did not indicate whether such a mandate would apply to all employees or only to those who work in close proximity to others.
Some leaders at the summit – including CEOs from
“Have the vaccines distributed and see what the acceptance rates are,” said Doug Parker, CEO of American Airlines, at the summit. “In the end, we all have to make the best decision for our individual companies.”
For airlines, the pressures could be different, Parker explained. Some countries may require people to be vaccinated before they can enter the country, he said – which could include airline employees.
Mark Weinberger, director of MetLife and Johnson & Johnson, told CNN that it was “difficult” to order vaccines. “Business plays a huge role in defining the importance of vaccines,” he said.
“But saying that if you are scared to death about taking a vaccine you will be fired is a difficult position for CEOs.”
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Companies are more likely to be strongly encouraging vaccination rather than requiring it, lawyers told Business Insider in November.
Companies can also wait months until enough vaccine doses are available for all employees.
About 100 million Americans, or about a third of the population, could be fully vaccinated by the end of March, Operation Warp Speed officials said Monday. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have decided to recommend that healthcare workers and nursing home residents come first, followed by other frontline workers and those with co-morbidities. This has sparked a debate about who exactly counts as essential or frontline workers.
Uber sent a similar letter through its drivers in early December saying the staff are providing vital transportation for vital workers.