A comprehensive business survey, conducted by Arizona State University's College of Health Solutions with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, finds that nearly 9 out of 10 employers in the United States and UK plan to encourage or require vaccination for employees and nearly 7 out of 10 are currently performing COVID-19testing for their employees. The results from 1,339 employers (60 of which were in the category of “healthcare, hospitals and clinics”), focusing on mid to large size employers who completed this survey during the month of March, are available in a new comprehensive report, Back to the Workplace: Are we there yet? Key Insights from Employers One Year Into the Pandemic.
The survey produced real-time responses of American and British businesses, representing 71% and 24% of respondents respectively, about their vaccination policies, testing and contact tracing, employee well-being, pandemic response and preparedness, the pandemic's financial impact, and the future of work.
Vaccination is still an ongoing battle in home care. Many direct care workers remain hesitant to get vaccinated, while agencies continue to encourage their staff to get the vaccine - especially because clients are increasingly asking for vaccinated caregivers. However, most agencies are not mandating vaccination from their workers at this time.
Currently, about a third of Americans have been fully vaccinated. The percentage should increase as vaccine availability has expanded to younger age groups in recent weeks. The survey also found that nearly 80% of employers say burnout and mental health are big concerns since the pandemic. Many companies said they are working to find ways to restore the mental well-being of their employees.
Check out the survey here: https://chs.asu.edu/diagnostics-commons/workplace-commons