While the first Hoosiers receive their COVID-19 vaccinations this week, a new survey from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce reveals business leaders think the vaccine is a primary ingredient in the state’s economic recovery.
The non-scientific survey also shows businesses with a mixed outlook on the prospects for the respondents in the year ahead. The latest economic survey was taken the week of December 3-10 and generated responses from 845 Chamber members and investors.
The chamber says the results of its informal survey show on a scale of one to 10, with 10 being most important, chamber members ranked the vaccine importance at eight.
Sixty-one percent of the respondents say they expect to encourage their employees to get the vaccination, while 28% said they are not sure. Another 11% said they would not encourage employees to get the shot.
“The tremendous efforts to bring these highly effective vaccines to market so quickly will be mitigated if the majority of Hoosiers are not vaccinated,” says Kevin Brinegar, Indiana Chamber president and chief executive officer. “It is promising to see so many business leaders willing to support and encourage the vaccines.
The chamber says looking ahead to 2021, 47% expect a return to “near normal” operations, 28% expect business to remain at reduced 2020 levels, and 20% expect growth.
To view more results of the survey, click here.