Unvaccinated Need Not Apply — Job Ads Requiring Covid Jab Skyrocket

According to LinkedIn data, the number of job postings that require Covid-19 vaccination has risen dramatically since August when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave full approval to the Pfizer BioNTech shot. This is because employers are putting more pressure on workers refusing to get the vaccine.

Employers are increasingly insisting on vaccinating their employees. Newsday via Getty Images

The Key Facts

A spokesperson for LinkedIn told Forbes that the number of LinkedIn job posts that require vaccinations has increased 200% in the past two months. According to a spokesperson for LinkedIn, there was an especially dramatic rise in vaccination-related postings since August. This could be due to companies waiting for FDA approval to implement mandates. LinkedIn did not provide exact figures but stated that the most required vaccinations were for food production, IT services and marketing. New York City, Boston, San Francisco, Fayetteville, Arkansas, Washington, D.C. were the regions with the highest number of vaccination-related postings. This trend is also evident in job postings on Indeed. The number of postings that require vaccination, while still small in comparison to the total number of postings, soared 242% in August.

Important Background

At all levels of government, corporate America, and among vaccinated Americans, patience is waning with unvaccinated people. Although most Americans are blaming vaccine holdouts for the rise in coronavirus cases, and the continued restrictions, very few people who have not been vaccinated feel responsible for the terrible state of the pandemic. The gap in understanding and behaviorpolling shows that the unvaccinated are less likely than vaccinated to worry about Covid-19 and to take precautions to prevent its spread. They are also more likely to participate in normal activities. This is a growing problem in every aspect of our lives and it is important to know your vaccination status. Unvaccinated people are being cut out of their families and friends, making it increasingly difficult to travel, eat out, go to college, or work. Tensions are high as many people feel irritated by restrictions, exclusions, and sometimes perceived discrimination. Many vaccinated do not like having to spend any time with or accommodate those who aren't vaccinated.

What to Watch

Many businesses still struggle with mandates. The looming deadlines for early-adopters in healthcare are a sign that things are to come. There have been concerns about shortages as hospitals fire staff who refuse to take the shots.

What we don't know

It is difficult to find precise figures about the number of jobs that require vaccination. LinkedIn is used by many millions of people all over the globe, but it's primarily a business-oriented social network. LinkedIn's job postings reflect this demographic and purpose, but it is not an exhaustive view of the job market. Indeed aggregates posts from all over the internet and provides a different view of the market. However, both sites illustrate the general trend. According to the Wall Street Journal, Adzuna and other search engines also show an increase of postings seeking fully vaccinated candidates.

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