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President Joe Biden’s administration is developing policy onmandated COVID-19 vaccinations as the new normal for large companies and LAUSD has joined in. With more workplaces establishing policies that mandate COVID-19 vaccinations, Blacks in Los Angeles County are warming up to the mandate according to a public opinion poll conducted by Black Women Rally for Action – Los Angeles County between July 26 and July 31.

The report shows nearly half (46 percent) of Blacks who responded to the poll believe that employers should require the COVID-19 vaccination. That is higher than the 38 percent of Blacks who disagreed and 16 percent who said “maybe.”.

More than 430 individuals responded to a survey conducted via social media and email. While the sample and methods were unscientific, the findings from the survey provide insight into the thinking and beliefs of a subset of the Black community. Some important findings:

• More of the respondents in the survey reported receiving the COVID-19 vaccination than those who said they did not.

• More women than men respondents reported receiving a COVID-19 vaccination.

• Most of the respondents believed that employers should require the COVID-19 vaccination.

• Over half of the respondents who agreed employers should require the COVID-19 vaccination were between 36 and 55.

• Over sixty percent of individuals between 55 and 65 years and 65 years and older agreed that employers should require the COVID-19 vaccination.

• Men made up more than half of the respondents who thought employers should not require the vaccination.

• Men of all ages were more likely to be undecided about whether an employer should require the COVID-19 vaccination.

• Individuals who reported being employed were more likely to agree that employers should require the COVID-19 vaccination. It is important to note that there is a significant amount of variability, different attitudes, and reasons expressed about why people are not supportive of employer mandated vaccinations.

Although the findings of the survey cannot be generalized to the broader Black Los Angeles County community, the results can inform understanding and decisions about COVID-19 outreach, education, and support for Black residents in Los Angeles County. See the full report at https://rb.gy/mjqcwk.