A majority of parents and employees support vaccine mandates when returning to in-person work and learning, according to new research from Qualtrics. The new studies found that 51% of parents support requiring proof of vaccination for children attending K-12 school and 60% of employees would be supportive if their employer required vaccines for in-person work.
Even as COVID cases surge, getting employees back in the office and students back in classrooms is a priority for many, after a year of hybrid learning and virtual collaboration. But not all agree on the safest way to make that happen.
Among parents heading into another school year, 61% support requiring masks in the classroom. Conversely, nearly a quarter (24%) of parents would consider pulling a child out of school if they are required to wear one. (Back to School Study results can be found here)
As companies contemplate new work policies, vaccine rules could ultimately be the deciding factor on whether some workers decide to stay at a company or go, with almost a quarter of employees (23%) saying they would strongly consider leaving their place of work if their employers mandated vaccines. (Workplace study results can be found here)
“If these decisions were cut and dried, you would see everyone adopting the same policies,” said Karla Fisher, chief industry advisor for education, Qualtrics. “It’s not easy for any educator or employer to balance such extreme competing priorities. Generally, people have the same goal: to keep people safe and productive. The better data and insights we have into people’s experiences, the closer we can get to policies that serve everyone.”