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“Fully vaccinated for COVID-19.” Should you include that information on your resume or LinkedIn Profile? In some cases, the answer depends upon where you work or what organization you’re targeting.

The Administration announced a new rule from the Department of Labor on Sept. 9, 2021, that requires all companies with 100 or more employees to ensure each worker is fully vaccinated or can show a negative COVID-19 test at least once a week. The standard, which will be enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), will affect approximately 80M workers nationwide.

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In the federal government, federal employees have until November 22, 2021, to be fully vaccinated; these means they need their last dose by November 8, 2021 (fully vaccinated is defined as 2 weeks following the last dose of vaccine). In the federal government, there is no testing alternative. New employees to the federal government must be fully vaccinated prior to their entry on duty.

Requiring employees to be vaccinated as a condition of employment is legal. Many large employers — including Disney, Tyson Foods, and United Airlines — already require employees to be vaccinated.

According to job search site Indeed.com, private sector job postings on the site requiring vaccination against COVID-19 increased 34% by the end of the first week of August 2021 compared to 30 days earlier. Job postings requiring vaccination were up 90% over the same time period.

According to a survey conducted by ResumeBuilder.com in August 2021, 33% of hiring managers will automatically eliminate resumes that do not include vaccination status. And 69 percent of the 1250 hiring managers surveyed say they are more likely to favor candidates who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

ResumeBuilder.com also reports that 63% of companies surveyed are mandating vaccinations for employees as of August 2021. Another 32% will give priority to candidates that list they are vaccinated on their resume. 77% of hiring managers surveyed say they prefer applicants include vaccination status on their resumes.

As with any information you include — or exclude — on your resume, carefully consider whether the information is relevant (in this case, it would be if vaccination status is required in the job posting) and whether including the information (if not requested), might disqualify you from consideration. (Some recruiters or hiring managers may be turned off by the disclosure.)

There is no definitive answer to the question about sharing your vaccination status. That being said, here are some very general guidelines you may want to consider:

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• Definitely yes — disclose you are vaccinated against COVID-19 if vaccination is listed as a requirement in the job posting you’re applying for.

• Maybe yes — disclose vaccination status for certain roles — especially in the medical field or public health or for positions with private sector companies that have been publicly supportive of vaccine mandates. Consider including it for tech and financial positions where in-person/in-office attendance is required.

• Probably no — if you are not vaccinated for COVID-19, it’s best to leave vaccination status off your resume, cover letter, or LinkedIn profile and address it only in a job interview. If you disclose you are not vaccinated for COVID-19, that could be a negative to some hiring managers and recruiters—and will be disqualifying if you’re in applying to the federal government.

While immunization records are protected health information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). However, you are always free to disclose your own medical information voluntarily.

No matter whether you disclose your vaccination status on your resume or not, this may be part of a background check conducted after a job offer is extended, in the same way a drug screening may be required.

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