Most Americans are comfortable returning to the office regardless of coworkers’ vaccination status

By: Megan Leonhardt | Fortune | Sep 2, 2021

About 64% of U.S. adults are vaccinated, but when it comes to return-to-the-office plans, workers say vaccine status doesn’t matter that much.

About 72% of Americans are currently comfortable returning to work, according to a recent Harris poll of over 1,100 U.S. workers fielded in August 2021.

Nearly six out of 10 workers, or 58%, say they’re comfortable returning to the office even if some of their coworkers are unvaccinated. Nearly half of workers surveyed, 42%, said it didn’t bother them if some employees remain unvaccinated, while another 33% reported they would return to the office with unvaccinated coworkers only if their employer required it. About 25% said they would not return under these conditions.

This comes at a time when the U.S. is experiencing a huge spike in COVID cases, with the current seven-day average topping 142,000 new cases a day—prompting many employers to rethink their workplace safety protocols and return-to-the-office plans.