How do I search for companies that aren’t subject to the federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate?

Answered by: ByVirtualist career experts

If you are currently seeking employment and prefer to apply to companies in the United States that do not mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for their workers, there are several approaches you can take to conduct your research.

It is crucial to stay updated on the latest information regarding the federal vaccine mandate:

In January 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the federal vaccination mandate. However, the following regulations remain in effect:

  • The Department of Health and Human Services retains the authority to enforce vaccination requirements for workers in healthcare facilities, clinics, and other establishments that accept Medicare and Medicaid payments.
  • Private employers have the discretion to determine whether they will mandate vaccines, testing, or a combination of both.
  • Each state in the U.S. has its own set of vaccination requirements for businesses. You can refer to this site to track state-specific regulations and prohibitions.

To conduct research on companies based on their size and remote staffing level, you can utilize the following resources:

  • Explore’s extensive database of primarily or fully remote companies. Examine each company’s profile to determine if it operates as a fully remote organization.
  • Utilize by initiating a keyword search in the top search bar. Then, apply filters to refine the search by “companies” and further narrow down by “company size.”
  • Leverage Dun & Bradstreet’s Business Directory to conduct keyword-based searches, and subsequently filter the results by company size. Consider using keywords related to your career field, industry, or specific company names.

When visiting a company’s website, pay close attention to the following sections for any indications of vaccine requirements:

  • The press or media page
  • The careers page
  • The text within individual job listings

Lastly, it is essential to be prepared for an extended job search. Identifying companies that neither fall under the COVID-19 vaccine mandate nor enforce their own vaccine requirements will require additional time and effort. Focusing your search exclusively on these companies may increase the duration of your job search and necessitate extra perseverance to achieve success.

For further guidance on navigating vaccine-related matters in your job search, we recommend referring to the comprehensive list of COVID-19-related job search questions addressed by the ByVirtualist Career Coaching team.