A new study claims that a majority of workers not only support Joe Biden’s increasingly authoritarian vaccine mandate measures, but that most of them would also voluntarily report their coworkers if they did not comply with the mandate, as reported by USA Today.
The study which allegedly shows such overwhelming support for the mandate comes from the employee experience software company Qualtrics, which surveyed 1,300 employees. Of those surveyed, 58 percent claim to support the mandate, while 78 percent would turn in an unvaccinated coworker; of those 78 percent, 55 percent would “consider” doing so, while another 23 percent would “strongly consider” it. Just 45 percent said they would “not consider” betraying their fellow employees.
Further numbers from the study show that 84 percent of employees believe that vaccine mandates are a political issue, and that political beliefs are what motivates their employers on either side of the mandate debate. Employees also showed stronger support for vaccine mandates specifically for healthcare workers (64 percent) and federal workers (60 percent).
“The time to watch and wait on vaccine mandates is over,” said Sydney Heimbrock, the chief industry advisor for government at Qualtrics. “The Biden Administration has started the clock – and now it’s up to company leaders to quickly implement the new standards with as little disruption as possible.”
The mandate is being rolled out by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which released a draft of the planned restrictions on Thursday. All businesses with 100 employees or more are required to mandate vaccinations for their entire workforce by January 4th, 2022; those who do not get vaccinated must produce negative COVID tests on a regular basis.
But the mandate is already facing severe legal blowback, with multiple states, private businesses, non-profit organizations, and Republican Party entities all filing lawsuits against it. A panel of judges in the Fifth Circuit Court of appeals blocked the mandate over the weekend, pending further legal procedures.