Differences in COVID-19 vaccination coverage by occupation in England: a national linked data study
This preprint paper, produced by researchers from Theme 3 of the PROTECT study, uses nationwide population-level data for England to calculate the proportion of people in different occupational groups who had received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine by 31 August 2021.
The researchers found substantial differences in vaccination uptake by occupation, with administrative, secretarial, professional and managerial occupations all having vaccination rates over 90%, while the lowest uptake (83.1%) was observed in ‘elementary occupations’ (such as sales, service and labouring). Given this lower uptake was seen in occupations that largely cannot be done from home, it is suggest that ‘work from home if you can’ policies may only have a limited future impact on COVID-19 hospitalisations and deaths.
Note this article is a preprint and has not yet been formally peer-reviewed.