The COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout: 5 Things Employers Can Do While They Wait
January 27, 2021
The decentralized distribution of COVID-19 vaccinations throughout the U.S. has left many unanswered questions for workforces, but employers can still take action.
Here are a few things employers can do as COVID-19 vaccines make their way across the country:
Monitor Vaccination Progress by State
Doses of COVID-19 vaccines are allotted to states by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) based on population. While the CDC has issued recommendations for prioritizing certain high-risk individuals to receive the vaccine before others, it is up to each state to determine who will be eligible for vaccination first.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) releases weekly reports on the number of doses the CDC sends to each state, but reports on the number of individuals actually receiving the vaccine are not updated as frequently by state and local public health officials. Johns Hopkins University, The Washington Post and The New York Times have been tracking the number of vaccines reaching states and the number of individuals who have been vaccinated (if data is available). Monitoring vaccination progress in the months to come will give employers an idea of how it’s impacting local markets and employees.
These resources give employers information on maintaining a safe work environment, what measures to take when an employee gets sick and what health information employers can request from their employees during a public health emergency.