Managers think businesses should be able to make Covid-19 vaccinations mandatory for returning to work

The Chartered Management Institute’s poll of 1,050 UK managers indicated that many supported the idea of the “no jab, no job” clause some businesses have been planning to include in their contracts.

Asked whether they agreed to disagree that businesses in the UK should be allowed to make Covid-19 vaccinations mandatory for employees returning to their regular place of work, 20% strongly agreed and 38% agreed. Thirty-five per cent disagreed that they should be allowed to do this.

The CMI also found that almost half (43%) of managers think office access should be restricted for staff who refuse to get vaccinated on non-medical grounds, but 44% disagreed.

Three-fifths have already decided to make testing available to staff when they reopen their offices. The government revealed that 48,000 employers had expressed an interest in its free workplace rapid testing programme.

However, as thousands of businesses have successfully operated remotely for the past year, there should be no reason why permanent flexible working opportunities shouldn’t be available wherever possible.


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