5% of unvaccinated adults have quit their jobs over COVID vaccine mandates: poll

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By , NewsRadio 1080 KRLD

According to a new survey, 5% of unvaccinated adults have refused their workplace’s vaccination requirements, opting instead to quit.

The study was released by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, and it comes as the federal government readies a new set of vaccination requirements for businesses and their employees.

Currently, federal employees and contractors are required to get vaccinated unless proving an exemption.

Now President Joe Biden’s administration is looking into rules that would require vaccinations for all employees of businesses that employ 100 or more people. Those new rules, requested by the Labor Department, are expected soon.

The workers who left their jobs to avoid mandatory COVID-19 inoculation represent about 1% of all American adults. The survey was conducted from October 14-24 and spoke with 1,519 participants.

The number of people who say their job has instated a vaccine requirement is now at 25%, up from just 9% back in June.

Vaccine requirements are more prevalent in higher-paid professions, with about 31% of respondents that make $90,000 per year or more saying that their employer has issued a mandate, opposed to just 18% of respondents who make less than $40,000.

When faced with the possibility of a mandate, 46% of unvaccinated workers said they would opt for weekly COVID testing, while 37% said they would quit. Just 11% said they would comply with the mandate and get inoculated.

In the event that weekly testing is not an option, the number who would get vaccinated rises to 17%, but the number who would quit rises to 72%.

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