Research Data On Vaccine Mandates

As organizations return to in-person events, many are deciding whether to have a vaccine mandate for staff, artists, and/or ticket buyers/attendees. My colleague Drew McManus is compiling a database of vaccination policies from all types of organizations. Organizations that have not yet implemented a vaccine mandate, especially for patrons, may be feeling some hesitance fearing push-back. Pew Research Center has recently published data on the public’s comfort level in engaging in certain activities during the pandemic and also whether they would favor showing proof of vaccination. TL;DR more than 50% favor showing … Read more

The Status Of Required Vaccination Policies Among Nonprofit Performing Arts Orgs

The  Vax Policy Database has been gathering data since August 20, 2021 and it’s been adding new records daily. Over the holiday weekend, I added additional view to the database making it easier to see exactly which organizations require all stakeholders to be vaccinated, which provide all stakeholders except ticket buyers, which only require artist employees and staff, and the sliver that have a defined “no required vaccination” policy. At the time this article was written, there were 182 organizations listed across the following sectors: 68 orchestras (+16) 27 opera and chorus … Read more

Looking To The EEOC For Clarification On Religious Discrimination Vaccination Exemptions

Among the numerous details to work out when crafting required vaccination policies is when an employee cites religious objections and requests an exmpetion. Recently, the 8/30/21 edition of starnewsonline.com published an article by John Staton that reports on the Wilmington Symphony’s decision to deny a musician’s religious exemption to their required vaccination policy. The article includes the following statement about when an employer isn’t required to accommodate religious belief requests: At any rate, by law employers don’t have to accommodate an employee’s religious beliefs if they can show the accommodation would compromise … Read more

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