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Nearly half of establishments that required COVID-19 vaccinations offered incentives

March 04, 2022

COVID-19 vaccinations were required for some or all employees before coming to work onsite at 17.5 percent of U.S. establishments. Among these establishments, 45.9 percent offered vaccination incentives to their employees. Incentives included financial incentives, paid time off, or permitting employees to remain on the clock to get a COVID-19 vaccination.

Percent of establishments that required employees to get a COVID-19 vaccination before coming to work onsite, by whether the establishment offered a vaccine incentive to employees
Employment size Percent of establishments that offered an incentive Percent of establishments that did not offer an incentive

Total U.S. private sector

45.9% 54.1%

1–499 employees

45.8 54.2

1–4 employees

40.8 59.2

5–9 employees

52.0 48.0

10–19 employees

48.9 51.1

20–49 employees

56.0 44.0

50–99 employees

56.7 43.3

100–249 employees

55.0 45.0

250–499 employees

60.0 40.0

500 or more employees

76.9 23.1

500–999 employees

75.9 24.1

1,000 or more employees

78.7 21.3

Smaller establishments that required vaccinations to work onsite offered vaccine incentives at a lower rate than larger establishments. Among establishments with 1 to 4 employees, 40.8 percent offered vaccination incentives. By comparison, more than three-fourths of the largest establishments (500 to 999 employees and 1,000 employees or more) that required vaccinations to work onsite offered vaccine incentives.

These data are from the Business Response Survey to the Coronavirus Pandemic. For more information, see U.S. Business Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic — 2021. We also have more charts on how businesses responded to the pandemic.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Nearly half of establishments that required COVID-19 vaccinations offered incentives at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2022/nearly-half-of-establishments-that-required-covid-19-vaccinations-offered-incentives.htm (visited December 08, 2022).

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