Though many employers throughout the country seem to be shying away from policies requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for their workers, Puerto Rico may be one place bucking the trend.
Small businesses in Puerto Rico, a United States territory, are far more likely to say they are requiring workers to get their shots compared to the national average, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Requiring proof for in-person work is something 20.9% of small businesses in Puerto Rico said they did in the last week, compared to the 4.5% national average, according to survey data collected from early to mid-June.
Puerto Rico’s far-and-away lead on the topic can be attributed to caution and especially high stakes if a COVID-19 outbreak hits a business, observers say.
New York-based small businesses were the second-most likely, with 8.3% mandating proof and California came in third, with 7.3%.
On the flip side,…