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Boston employees share views on COVID-19 vaccines and the return to work

As vaccination rates ramp up across the U.S., the road ahead remains complicated for employers. Eagle Hill Consulting research finds that Boston employees have mixed views on workplace issues including COVID-19 vaccination requirements, proof of vaccination, and what to do about unvaccinated employees. But, employees agree that they want employers actively involved in workplace safety measures.

What else do Bostonians have to say about the return to work? Read on for the key findings from our survey of workers across the Greater Boston area.

Jonathan Gove, Boston office lead

Greater Boston area employer COVID-19 vaccination response

Nearly sixty percent of workers in the Greater Boston area want their employers to require employees be vaccinated

Most Bostonians want their employers to require proof of vaccination from employees

More than half of Boston workers want employers to provide incentives to encourage vaccination


say employers should require vaccinations


say employers should require vaccination proof


want their employer to offer incentives

Boston workers are split on how to manage unvaccinated employees

When asked about the disruption of COVID-19 on the workplace:


say unvaccinated employees should not be allowed to work in-person with co-workers


say unvaccinated employees should not be given special allowances to work from home

Boston employees want their employers to play an active role in workplace safety

When asked about the role employers should play with COVID-19 precautions, there was broad support for employer involvement. Boston employees think their employers should encourage or require employees to:


Be vaccinated


Social distance


Wear masks


Have their
temperature checked


Receive regular COVID-19 testing

The 2021 Eagle Hill Consulting Boston COVID-19 Vaccines and the Workplace Survey measures employee sentiment about COVID-19 vaccines, returning to the workplace, as well as testing and safety protocols. Conducted by Ipsos from May 12-17, 2021, this survey includes 536 respondents from a random sample of employees in the Greater Boston area.