A new poll finds strong support among older Americans for requiring health care workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
In all, 61% of people aged 50 to 80 say the vaccine should definitely be required for all health care workers. An additional 19% say it should probably be required. The remaining 20% said no to such a requirement.
The data come from a national survey taken in August, when COVID-19 cases had begun to surge again in parts of the country, and the three vaccines available in the U.S. were all still under emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The data were also collected before the newly announced federal initiative that will lead to vaccination requirements for nearly all health care workers whose employers accept Medicare and Medicaid—estimated at 17 million people. The poll was conducted as part of the National Poll on Healthy Aging, based at the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation and supported by AARP and Michigan Medicine, U-M’s academic medical center.
As our country tries to get the coronavirus under control, it’s important that health care employers and health providers hear the voices of those who are most likely to turn to them for help. Those voices, overwhelmingly, are saying, ‘Please get vaccinated to protect your patients and yourself.’”
Preeti Malani, poll director, infectious disease physician at Michigan Medicine and professor at the U-M Medical School
Even as the federal vaccination requirement takes shape, many health care employers have been considering or implementing vaccination requirements for their staff. Health care providers at the Veterans Health Administration’s hospitals and clinics, and in all branches of the military, are already subject to a requirement. Meanwhile, 11 states have bans on vaccination mandates in place.
Many health care workers in many professions have already gotten vaccinated voluntarily and were among the first vaccinated in many states starting in December 2020.
University of Michigan
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