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April 13, 2023
A new POLITICO-Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health poll shows that nearly half of Americans oppose vaccine mandates, with a slight majority in favor.
Politico reports that the public’s view on requiring public school students aged 12 or older to be vaccinated against Covid-19 before they can attend school on person is 51% in favor and 49% opposed. When broken down to party lines, 62% of Democrats favor the requirement, while 60% of Republican are opposed. However, most of the public favors requiring all public-school teachers to be vaccinated before returning to work.
When it comes to employers requiring vaccinations for their employees, more than half (52%) of employed adults opposed requiring employees to get vaccinated. Among those who are not employed, 65% favor such requirements. The public were 53% in favor of the vaccination requirement for employees.
It was also found that a large partisan difference was present. Sixty-four percent of Democrats favor these requirements, while 56% of Republicans do not. As for colleges, 56% of the public favors the requirement of the vaccine for students, faculty, and staff.
The poll also showed that the public’s views about whether customers should be required to be vaccinated to enter businesses differs based on the type of business. For example, it was opposed for sporting events, stores, and most businesses. However, it was favored for all flights and cruise ships. The public is almost evenly divided for federal and state governments.
The media has pinned the debate as over “vaccine passports”. However, 35% of the public reports not understanding what this term means. Robert Blendon, professor of health policy and political analysis at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health said, “somebody decided this would be a cute name. A passport is something that most people carry only if they want to go overseas.”
Blendon suspects that given a labor shortage businesses and companies will not have much of a choice but not mandate the vaccine considering half of America opposes the mandates.
ARTICLE: JILLIAN WEIDNER
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: NEW YORK TIMES