UPDATED 10:01 AM PT – Saturday, August 14, 2021
Recent reports have showed the number of jobs requiring fully vaccinated applicants has almost doubled in the past month and a half. As the Delta variant has continued to contribute to an increase in COVID-19 cases across the U.S., the number of jobs requiring potential workers to have the vaccine has increased.
The hiring lab on the job finding website, Indeed, showed the number of jobs now requiring their employees to be vaccinated about doubled since July. Additionally, jobs stating vaccines are necessary rose by 90 percent since last Saturday.
United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby also just mandated that all employees get vaccinated. “For us, it’s a safety issue and we don’t compromise on safety at United Airlines,” said Kirby.
“We should stop fiddling around the edges. We should just all get vaccinated and put this behind us,” United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby tells @WmBrangham. https://t.co/KS5DIvofpZ pic.twitter.com/ERcvBv3jY3
— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) August 12, 2021
However, employees have been speaking out, including health care workers, who have cited multiple factors in not getting the shot. These include, not being able to afford to take days off from possible side effects and questions regarding the speed of the COVID vaccine’s development, among others.
This comes after Joe Biden announced federal employees must get vaccinated or face consistent COVID-19 tests. The Biden administration also said contractors working with the federal government should also mandate their workers get inoculated.