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Sequoia’s COVID-19 Vaccine Employer Policies Report Finds that 42% of Companies Are Uncertain if They Will Mandate Vaccinations

SAN FRANCISCO – February 23, 2021 – Sequoia®, a pioneer in Total People Investment today released its COVID-19 Vaccine Employer Policies Report. As COVID-19 cases decline across the U.S. and new variants arise, the report found that most companies are uncertain at this time if they will require employees to get immunized with the coronavirus vaccine, while a small percentage of employers will require vaccination before returning to the workplace.

The report also examines how employers are planning to address vaccine incentives, time-off for employees to receive the vaccine or recover from possible side effects, onsite vaccine administration, as well as hybrid and work from home policies.

Key report findings

While most companies are uncertain if they will mandate employees to be vaccinated before returning to the workplace, many have decided they will not mandate vaccinations.

Question: Does your company plan to mandate employees to be vaccinated? Source: Sequoia COVID-19 Vaccine Employer Policies Report, February 2021.

Companies that plan to mandate vaccinations for certain employees are considering several factors such as: if an employee works on site, travels, or is in a high exposure job. Here’s how these companies responded to which employees will be required to have the vaccine before returning to work.

Question: For those mandating vaccinations for certain employees, which employees will be required to have the vaccine before returning to work? Respondents selected all that applied. Source: Sequoia COVID-19 Vaccine Employer Policies Report, February 2021.

The COVID-19 Vaccine Employer Policies Report provides insights and information from 493 people-driven companies that participated in a survey from February 4th to February 9th. To download the full report, visit:

Sequoia’s Pulse Reports tap into a vast community of VC-backed tech companies, financial institutions, healthcare organizations, and large enterprises to small businesses across various sectors to understand the latest business trends. To view our recent reports, visit:

About Sequoia
Sequoia is the pioneer in Total People Investment. We help people-driven businesses design, deploy, and optimize people investment strategies that achieve engagement outcomes that matter. Through expert guidance and the Sequoia People Platform, our offerings in total rewards, benefits, wellbeing, HR & payroll, and business protection tie into a higher strategic role, enabling companies to manage their global people investments, with reduced administrative burdens and deeper employee care and support.

For more than 20 years, people-driven companies have turned to Sequoia to unlock the full potential of their business and global workforce. Sequoia operates Dataforest, an online resource for total rewards and people policy insights and benchmarking. Visit or follow us on LinkedIn to learn more.

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Netta Conyers-Haynes

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