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More Employers Set COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement for Applicants

  • Forbes analysis of LinkedIn data shows a sharp uptick in the number of job postings requiring COVID-19 vaccination
  • Rise corresponds with FDA approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech dose and increasing COVID-19 cases caused by the Delta variant
  • Several businesses have established COVID-19 vaccine rules, including mandates, as an effort to improve workplace safety

Summary by Dirk Langeveld

The number of businesses setting COVID-19 vaccination as a requirement for job applicants has shot up in recent months, according to a Forbes analysis of LinkedIn data.

Job postings on the platform stipulating a vaccination requirement have increased twentyfold since August, when the Food and Drug Administration gave full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech dose. COVID-19 cases also increased dramatically around the same time due to the spread of the Delta variant.

Other jobs sites like Indeed have also noted a substantial increase in job listings with a COVID-19 vaccination requirement, although they remain a small share of overall job postings. Forbes also suggests that it is unclear how many jobs require vaccination based on the LinkedIn data, since the site is more of a professional social networking platform than a jobs board.

Several employers have joined efforts to encourage COVID-19 vaccination, including vaccine mandates and health care surcharges for unvaccinated workers. The Biden administration is pursuing a national vaccine mandate for companies employing at least 100 people.

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