The vast majority of nurses not only support COVID-19 vaccines, but most also back healthcare worker vaccine mandates, according to the findings of a new survey conducted by the American Nurses Association (ANA).
The ANA poll, part of its COVID Vaccine Facts for Nurses education campaign, found that 88% of the 4,900 nurses surveyed were vaccinated or planned to get vaccinated and that 79% felt comfortable discussing vaccines and educating patients.
According to the survey, 59% of nurses support vaccines mandates in the workplace, while another 12% are in favor of vaccinate mandates for customer-facing employees only.
A growing number healthcare providers and governments agencies in states like California, New Mexico and New York are mandating COVID-19 vaccines for healthcare workers as the Delta variant spreads and unvaccinated children prepare to head back to school. Unions representing nurses are divided on mandates.