(NEXSTAR) – More than a quarter of unvaccinated workers in the United States (28%) have said they would consider lying about their vaccination status. A survey of over 1,300 vaccinated and unvaccinated Americans suggests they might forge a document or two to keep a job.
According to a study by Qualtrics, an experience management software company, also found that roughly the same percentage (25%) of adults – either vaccinated or unvaccinated – know someone who “lied or would lie” about being vaccinated to travel, eat at a restaurant or participate in other forms of personal activities or events.
The results come amid the Biden administration’s push to require companies with 100 or more employees to comply with OSHA’s emergency standards and ensure that their employees are either vaccinated against COVID-19 or comply with weekly test mandates. The mandate was temporarily blocked a few days after its announcement, although the Biden administration has asked a court to reintroduce the rule.
Meanwhile, only 23% of unvaccinated respondents to Qualtrics’ survey said they would be more willing to be vaccinated as a result of federal mandates, while 52% said they would be less willing if they were given a mandate to do so. that. (It is worth noting that Qualtrics’ survey was conducted in mid-October – after President Biden had previewed the new requirements, but before they were officially announced by the White House.)
Among the other results of the survey, Qualtrics found that 39% of the unvaccinated cited distrust of the government for not getting the job. Others said they were concerned about possible side effects (38%), wanted more information (20%), already had COVID (16%) or claimed to know someone who had a side effect (15%).
Nearly one-third of unvaccinated participants (32%) also revealed that they ignored signs that specifically required unvaccinated people to wear a mask when entering a store or business, according to the survey.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has repeatedly called for the safety and efficacy of approved COVID-19 vaccines and has determined that serious health problems resulting from vaccination are rare.
“These vaccines have undergone and will continue to undergo the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history,” the CDC said on its website.
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