Poll: 65% of German citizens would approve of companies buying unused vaccine doses for their employees

  • Allianz, Adidas, or Deutsche Bank: many of the big 30 Dax corporations would be willing to vaccinate their employees against the coronavirus through their own company doctors.
  • This is also shown by a survey conducted by Business Insider among the Dax 30 companies.
  • A survey conducted by Civey exclusively for Business Insider shows: 65 percent of the citizens surveyed also support this idea.
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After the head of agribusiness group Baywa AG, Klaus Josef Lutz, jumped the gun on Wednesday, proposing to buy unused doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine for his employees, more and more major German companies are now following suit. Deutsche Telekom, Henkel, Continental, Covestro, and Deutsche Post: many German DAX-listed companies would be willing to offer vaccinations against the coronavirus for their own employees – as long as the legal requirements are met and the supply situation in Germany with vaccines is secured. This was the result of a survey by Business Insider among the Dax 30 groups. Fresenius and Deutsche Wohnen are already vaccinating. According to research by the newspaper “Welt,” Allianz, Adidas, Deutsche Bank, and Axel Springer, to which Business Insider also belongs, also want to push vaccination at their companies.

But what is the public’s opinion if companies were to buy unused AstraZeneca vaccine cans for their own employees and provide vaccinations themselves?

Around 65 percent of citizens are in favor of vaccination by companies

This was surveyed by the market research institute Civey exclusively for Business Insider. Around 5,000 participants were surveyed in the period from March 4 to 5. The survey shows: 64.8 percent of respondents are in favor of such a plan.

Regardless of age, professional status, and political orientation, there is majority approval across all target groups. However, respondents over the age of 65 and CDU/CSU voters are particularly strongly in favor of the idea.

Approval evaluated by occupational status does not differ particularly strongly. There is a tendency for fewer civil servants than employees of private companies to be in favor of corporate vaccination of employees.

The proposals come amid a debate over the pace of the Federal Republic’s vaccination strategy, which has often been criticized as too slow. Meanwhile, more than one million doses of AstraZeneca’s Corona vaccine remain unused, according to the Health Ministry, because the vaccine was initially not recommended for people over 65 by the Standing Commission on Vaccination (Stiko). The latter had since corrected its recommendation and now recommends the vaccine for older people as well.

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