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Majority supports vaccine mandates for workplaces, schools, sporting events: poll

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Majorities of Americans support vaccine mandates for workplaces, schools and sporting events, according to a new poll.

Fifty-four percent of those polled by CNN and SSRS said they would support requiring office workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to return to their workplaces, while 46 percent were opposed to such a measure.

For schools, 55 percent of respondents said they support a vaccine requirement for children attending in-person classes, with 45 percent saying the opposite.

And 55 percent of respondents said they are in favor of a vaccine requirement for attendance at sporting events or concerts. Forty-five percent of those surveyed, however, opposed such a policy.

Public opinion is split when it comes to requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccines for everyday activities outside of the home, with 51 percent of respondents saying they believe requiring vaccines for everyday activities is an acceptable way to increase the vaccination rate and 49 percent saying it is an unacceptable infringement on personal rights.

The survey results come as the U.S. is mandating vaccines in different settings throughout the country, especially after the Food and Drug Administration granted full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

President Biden announced a new policy last week that says employers with 100 or more employees must mandate vaccines or weekly testing. The regulation, which could affect almost 80 million workers, will be announced by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration in the coming weeks.

The Los Angeles Unified School District announced last week that all eligible students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Jan. 10.

And a number of states and localities already have vaccine requirements in place for sporting events or concerts, including New York City. The Big Apple requires proof of vaccination for workers and customers who want to take part in indoor activities such as dining in restaurants, exercising in gyms and attending theater performances.

The country is seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases driven largely by the highly contagious delta variant, which is now the dominant strain in the U.S. Vaccines, however, have proved to be a strategic tool in protecting against severe illness. The majority of recent COVID-19 related hospitalizations and deaths have been among unvaccinated individuals.

More than 209 million individuals in the U.S. are at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19, which makes up 73.8 percent of the total population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 vaccine tracker.

The new poll surveyed 2,119 people between Aug. 3 and Sept. 7. The margin of sampling error is 2.8 percentage points.

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