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Mandate or not? Connecticut employers are taking different approaches to COVID-19 workforce vaccinations, whether or not they are affected by the federal government’s mandate.

The Farmington-based company Mott was well ahead of the federal mandate, first announced in September, with OSHA releasing detailed employer and employee requirements earlier this month.

Over the summer, the manufacturer implemented a vaccination mandate for its 220 employees, setting a deadline of October 1 for compliance.

“It was a difficult thing for us to do,” said Michael Listro, COO of Mott Corporation. “Stay behind the decision and don’t give up.”

Private sector employees with 100 or more employees, federal contractors, and health workers of Medicare and Medicaid certified providers are affected by the federal mandate, which requires compliance by January 4, 2022.

‘The good thing’

Mott’s Listro said he has no regrets about acting long before the federal mandate, calling the move a “right thing to do” to keep employees safe, keep growing and not cause delays for customers and customers.

Only three Mott employees resigned before the deadline, while a fourth was fired for non-compliance.

“At the end of the day we had a very good result. “

Michael Listro of Mott Corporation

The remaining 216 employees were vaccinated after months of sharing information and conversations about vaccine efficacy and safety.

“At the end of the day we had a really good result,” Listro said.

“Not only were we able to replace those who chose not to [get vaccinated], we are in a growth spurt. ”


While Modern Plastics, a small company that is part of a larger corporation, has yet to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations, 99% of employees are now vaccinated.

“I said ‘life changes and we have to adapt and change with it,” said company president Bing Carbone.

Carbone said it takes persistence to educate and inform some employees.

“I said ‘life is changing and we have to change with it.'”

Bing Carbone by Modern Plastics

About 60% of employees agreed to be vaccinated “fairly quickly”, but it was necessary to convince the others to get on board.

Listro had a similar experience, with a large majority immediately enrolling in office vaccination clinics.

He said only 20% of Mott employees needed more time and information before making the decision to get the vaccine.

Vaccination rate

Mott Corporation and Shelton-based Modern Plastics aren’t the only ones to successfully vaccinate employees.

CBIA 2021 Connecticut Business Survey, produced in conjunction with Marcum LLP, found mid-September, 24% of companies had a workforce that was 100% fully vaccinated.

Another 42% reported vaccination rates of 75 to 99% and 17% between 50 and 74%.

Only 9% of the employers surveyed had a vaccination mandate in place at that time.

The survey also found that Connecticut employers are divided over government vaccine mandates, with 52% supporting, 37% against and 11% uncertain.

Employee education

Since the time the vaccines were first made available, Listro and Carbone said they had provided employees with as much information as possible.

Carbone said he contacted employees in a variety of ways, leaving information in areas of the office, distributing materials and sharing videos and emails.

Most of the vaccine information shared by Carbone came from the FDA and CDC.

Most of the information he shared came from Food and drug administration and the American Centers for Disease Control.

“It was a combination of things because people take in information in different ways,” Carbon explained.

He also encouraged employees to speak with their own doctors.

Based on the facts’

Listro of Mott Corporation said the presence of physicians at Massachusetts General Hospital who specialize in infectious diseases and virtual answers to questions was one of the company’s most successful educational initiatives.

“That 20% was really about education, questions and answers, but we really tried to stay based on facts,” he said.

Listro said doctors had shared very specific presentations on the COVID-19 vaccine, including what they knew and what questions remained unanswered. They even talked about the risks.

He added that employees spent about half an hour after the presentation asking the doctors questions directly.

“We used that as a way to try to defuse the resistance a bit,” he noted.


The minority of Mott Corporation employees who did not want to be vaccinated spent a lot of time chatting with company executives, explaining their concerns through emails, an electronic complaint forum and in-person office meetings.

Listro said the conversations were crucial.

It doesn’t need to change the decision you’re going to make, but give them the opportunity to share their concerns, listen to them and respond to them as appropriate, ”he advised.

“Give them the opportunity to share their concerns, listen and respond to them when appropriate. “


The company has a long-standing culture of openness, so employees felt comfortable voicing their concerns.

Some thought it was an intrusion on their rights or had false information.

“It was more about the fact that people felt like they didn’t want to be told what to do with their body more than specifically, ‘I can’t take this medicine because of this,'” he said. Listro explained.

Respond to concerns

Carbone said they also spent a lot of time talking to employees and listening to their concerns.

“It’s just disappointing in some cases where you get these answers that just make absolutely no sense,” he said.

Carbone said he continues to read, so when he asked employees why they were resistant, he was ready to address their concerns.

“It’s not a perfect situation, there are no perfect answers, it’s a disease where information changes,” he added.

Listro said employees often make the decision based solely on themselves, but he insists the vaccine is more important than that.

“At the end of the day, we have to be able to maintain our workforce, we have to be able to ship our products, we have to be able to meet the demands of our customers,” he said. declared.

“Think bigger”

Listro said he encourages employees to “think bigger”. They have clients who rely on their services.

The company benefits from its business model owned by its employees.

Employees lost more than their jobs if they quit because of the vaccination mandate. They also risked losing part of the ownership of a successful business.

Listro said he encourages employees to “think bigger”.

Carbone used a similar technique, in a different way. He reminded employees of the people in their lives who could face complicated and, in some cases, fatal consequences if they caught the virus.

“It was kind of a punch in reality to say look, there are really big risks here,” he said.


Both companies have strong partnerships with local healthcare providers who have helped facilitate employee vaccination.

The Wheeler Clinic administered vaccines to on-site employees at Mott Corporation, allowing employees to be vaccinated without leaving the building.

These clinics were held before the weekend so that employees had time to recuperate.

Both companies have leveraged partnerships with local healthcare providers.

Employees who were vaccinated elsewhere were given two hours of paid time off to be vaccinated. They could also take up to two days off if they experienced significant side effects.

Modern Plastics is located near Griffin Healthcare, which housed vaccination clinics, making it easy for employees to get vaccinated.

Carbone said it gave employees information on how to easily register with Griffin Healthcare to get their vaccine.

If the employees were sick after being vaccinated, they could leave the next day without penalty.

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