How do I tell potential employers that I’m not vaccinated against COVID-19 due to health reasons?


Answered by: ByVirtualist career experts

In this response, we will address the situation for individuals who are unable to be vaccinated due to health reasons. If you have made a personal choice not to be vaccinated, we address that scenario in a separate question.

If you are not vaccinated due to being immunocompromised or other health-related factors, there is no need to disclose your specific health situation to potential employers. Instead, provide a concise explanation and shift the focus towards your enthusiasm for the new opportunity. Emphasize your track record of excellent job performance and express your genuine interest in the role you are pursuing. It’s important to remember that until an employer initiates the discussion, it is not necessary to voluntarily disclose this information.

Here’s an example of how to frame this explanation:

“After considering personal health and safety amidst the pandemic, I made the decision to explore new employment opportunities following a change in company strategy.”

ByVirtualist’s career coaching team is available to assist you in crafting and practicing conversations about this topic or other challenging subjects. Whether you prefer a one-on-one career coaching session or a mock job interview, we are here to support you throughout the process.