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Survey: Nearly 1 in 4 local businesses will require employees to be vaccinated

One in three plan to mandate that employees wear masks, according to a recent survey by the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber.

A recent survey indicates that 23% of local businesses will require employees who return to the workplace to be vaccinated. Joseph Prezio/AFP via Getty Images


Even though Massachusetts has lifted most pandemic restrictions on businesses, many are still weighing whether to require employees to be vaccinated or wear masks at work.

A recent survey by the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber may provide some clues.

The organization, which represents businesses in communities west of Boston, surveyed about 450 members last week about their back-to-work protocols, The Boston Globe reported.

Nearly 30% of businesses said they will mandate that employees wear masks. A similar number will not, and about one-third remained undecided.

Also, 23% will require employees who return to the workplace to be vaccinated, while nearly 40% said they will not. Smaller business with fewer than 20 workers were more likely to require employee vaccinations.

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The chamber surveyed a range of businesses including retail, technology firms, and insurance companies.

At Needham-based Kaplansky Insurance, workers won’t need to be vaccinated to come into the office. However, those who are not vaccinated will need to wear a mask, said Jennifer Soares, an assistant vice president.

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