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: 90% of CEOs say they wish to know if workers are vaccinated – earlier than they return to the workplace

Did you get your COVID-19 vaccination shots?

This is what the vast majority of companies will ask of their employees, according to a new survey of CEOs in the US.

According to the survey by KPMG, the global tax, advisory and accounting firm, 91% of the 140 CEOs surveyed said that their companies will ask workers to notify them once workers have been vaccinated.

That question will be part of the new normal as the number of COVID-19 cases falls and vaccination rates continue to rise in the US, according to Tuesday's poll. All CEOs surveyed by KPMG chief executives have annual sales of at least $ 500 million.

Just over half of CEOs (52%) said that business will normalize again in the fall or winter of 2021. Another 29% said it will be until some point in the next year, while another 19% said the business will change forever.

By Tuesday, nearly a third of American adults had received at least one dose of the two-shot vaccines made by Moderna
MRNA,
-0.04%
or Pfizer's vaccine
PFE,
+ 1.63%
and BioNTech
BNTX,
+ 0.66%,
According to a tracker from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Just over 17% were fully vaccinated, the CDC tracker said.

The Johnson & Johnson
JNJ,
+ 1.83%
Shot, which has also received emergency clearance, is a single-dose vaccine.

The KPMG survey shows that many companies want to know the vaccination status of their employees, and the guidelines of the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission state that employers can make vaccinations mandatory.

The federal employment regulator guidelines "make it very clear that employers have the law on their side," Sahar Aziz, a professor at Rutgers Law School who specializes in workplace discrimination, previously told MarketWatch.

The exception to this mandate, Aziz added, is workers with “sincere religious beliefs” against vaccination or workers with disabilities who prevent them from being vaccinated.

Employers can ask about an employee's vaccination status as this is not a disability-related question under the circumstances, according to the law firm Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr. The person's response "doesn't necessarily reflect the health of the employee," the company said. There could be many reasons why a person has not yet received the vaccine, the firm's lawyers found.

For one thing, a worker may not yet have access to the vaccine.

Half of the CEOs surveyed by KPMG said their main concern was that policies and access to vaccines in different countries would hamper employee vaccination efforts. For example, the countries of European countries are struggling with their own vaccination efforts.

A third of CEOs feared their employees would not be vaccinated because of misinformation about safety.

In the US, fewer people are waiting and hesitation is decreasing, polls show. 22% of respondents polled by the Kaiser Family Foundation health policy think tank in February ranked themselves in the “wait and see” category, up from 31% in January versus 39% in December.

A poll by the Pew Research Center published earlier this month found that 69% of Americans are planning on getting their shots or have already been vaccinated. That's more than 60% of people who said they were planning to vaccinate in November.

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