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COVID-19 vaccine mandates are arriving in small business

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Half of America’s small businesses are likely or certain to require their on-premise employees to be vaccinated, according to a Morning Consult poll of small businesses commissioned by American Express. That compares to 31% who say that such a mandate is unlikely or that they certainly won’t impose one.

Why it matters: Many large businesses, from Facebook to Morgan Stanley, have announced vaccine mandates. New York City restaurants and gyms are also going to be fully vaxxed as of next month.

Between the lines: Many of those announcements came after the poll was conducted, between May 27 and June 24. As a result, the true number of small businesses likely to impose a mandate is likely higher than 50%.

  • The vaccine mandates aren’t here yet. The Census Bureau’s Small Business Pulse Survey has started asking businesses whether, in the past week, they’ve required employees to have proof of COVID-19 vaccination before physically coming to work. In mid-July,…

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