Job postings requiring employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 jump in the last month


The number of job postings requiring COVID-19 vaccinations from applicants have started to increase across industries – but still remain a ‘small fraction’ of overall listings, according to a new study. 

The number of job postings requiring vaccinations were up 90 percent by August 7 from the month prior, nearly doubling from the number of postings in July, according to the report by AnnElizabeth Konkel – an economist with the job board Indeed.

Konkel noted in the report that vaccination requirements in job postings increased in many sectors that had not previously mandated vaccines. Some simply required ‘vaccination’ and others ‘explicitly’ required inoculation against COVID-19. 

‘The share of job postings per million that require being vaccinated against COVID-19 explicitly is up 34 percent compared to one month prior,’ the report reads. 

In comments made to CNBC, Konkel noted that even listings that don’t specifically outline vaccines for COVID-19 it remained clear: ‘They don’t mean the polio vaccine.’

A line graph from Indeed shows the share of job postings per million that require the COVID vaccine explicitly, in blue, and broadly, in red, from February 1 to August 7

A chart from Indeed compared the share of job postings per million that require vaccination by various sectors between February 2021 and July 2021

A chart from Indeed compared the share of job postings per million that require vaccination by various sectors between February 2021 and July 2021

The report specifically highlighted the software development sector, which only had 3.5 job postings per million that stated vaccination was required in February.

The number of software development job postings per million requiring vaccination had jumped to 437.9 by July, an increase of more than 10,000 percent. 

‘It’s a similar story for other sectors like accounting, retail and marketing that don’t normally require vaccination but are now starting to,’ the report reads.

Of the sectors highlighted in the report, the one with the most job postings per million requiring vaccination in July was education. There were 2,166 job postings per million requiring vaccination that month, according to Indeed.

‘COVID-19 vaccinations only became widely available during late spring and summer, so vaccination requirement trends may rapidly change in coming months,’ Honkel wrote in the report.

‘With vaccination rates still not where they need to be to beat COVID-19, employers are doing what they can to keep their doors open and their staff safe by requiring vaccination.’  

DailyMail.com has reached out to Konkel for more information and additional comment about the report.

Companies like McDonald's, Disney, Walmart, Google, Tyson Foods and United Airlines have said that they will require at least some workers to be fully vaccinated

Companies like McDonald’s, Disney, Walmart, Google, Tyson Foods and United Airlines have said that they will require at least some workers to be fully vaccinated

Some economists believe that unvaccinated workers may change their minds about getting the jab if they feel their careers are threatened

Some economists believe that unvaccinated workers may change their minds about getting the jab if they feel their careers are threatened

Companies like McDonald’s, Disney, Walmart, Google, Tyson Foods and United Airlines have said that they will require at least some workers to be fully vaccinated. 

The Indeed report did not specifically address it, but DailyMail.com has spotted several job postings not requiring vaccination – instead providing small signing bonuses for those who are inoculated against COVID-19.

‘New hires who show proof of their COVID-19 vaccination earn a $100 bonus their first day,’ reads a job posting for an Amazon warehouse attendant.

Other postings, particularly among healthcare providers, simply requested the COVID-19 vaccine among all the vaccinations they require their workers to have.

‘Adventist Health is committed to the safety and wellbeing of our associates and patients,’ one posting reads.

‘Therefore, we require that all associates receive all required vaccinations, including, but not limited to, measles, mumps, flu (based on the seasonal availability of the flu vaccine typically during October-March each year), etc., as a condition of employment, and annually thereafter. Medical and religious exemptions may apply. 

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that 167,699,170 Americans are now fully vaccinated, though that number still represents only 50.5% of the population.

A number of job postings found by DailyMail.com on Indeed require COVID-19 vaccination

A number of job postings found by DailyMail.com on Indeed require COVID-19 vaccination

CDC data shows that some states are still lagging in getting residents vaccinated, particularly states like Mississippi and Wyoming where only 53.4% of adults have received at least one dose.

Vermont leads the nation, with 85.8% of adults having received at least one dose of a vaccine, CDC data shows.

However, the number of cases have continued to rise amid the alarming spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus. 

A map shows the total number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the United States

A map shows the total number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the United States 

A graph shows the number of new coronavirus infections per day since the start of the pandemic

A graph shows the number of new coronavirus infections per day since the start of the pandemic

A graph shows the number of new coronavirus infections per day in July and August

A graph shows the number of new coronavirus infections per day in July and August

A graph shows the number of new coronavirus deaths per day since the start of the pandemic

A graph shows the number of new coronavirus deaths per day since the start of the pandemic

A graph shows the number of new coronavirus deaths per day in July and August

A graph shows the number of new coronavirus deaths per day in July and August

CDC data shows that the current seven-day moving average of daily new cases increased 18.4% compared with the previous seven days. There was an average of 114,190 new cases per day this week compared to an average of 96,454 last week.

The currently seven-day moving average is only 65% lower than the peak observed on January 10, when the number of daily COVID cases were at their highest. 

‘Nationally, the combined proportion of cases attributed to Delta is estimated to increase to 97.4%,’ the CDC wrote in its weekly report.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said in its July jobs report released last Friday that the unemployment rate declined by 0.5 percentage point to 5.4 percent. The number of unemployed people fell by 782,000 to 8.7 million. 

‘These measures are down considerably from their highs at the end of the February-April 2020 recession. However, they remain well above their levels prior to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic,’ the bureau noted.

A new survey from the University of Michigan released on Friday shows that consumers have started to worry that the economy could weaken in coming months because of the Delta variant, the Wall Street Journal noted. 

Richard Curtin, the survey’s chief economist, told the outlet that ‘the extraordinary surge in negative economic assessments also reflects an emotional response, mainly from dashed hopes that the pandemic would soon end.’

Economist Michael Farren told the Wall Street Journal that those who are unvaccinated may change their mind about getting the jab if they feel their decision not to has started to threaten their career. 

‘Some employers will require vaccines to limit the potential for production disruptions, or to cater to customers’ desires,’ Farren said. 

‘In the same way, some employers will not require vaccines as a way of indulging their own social preferences, or to cater to customers with those social preferences.’



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