Consider these suggestions to encourage your employees and workforce to become vaccinated against COVID-19:
- Allow employees to get vaccinated during work hours or take paid leave to get vaccinated at a community site.
- Support transportation to off-site vaccination clinics, such as paying fares for taxis or ridesharing services. Check with your health department(s) about potential assistance, such as a mobile clinic or transportation support.
- Some jurisdictions have screening requirements to ensure that only those who are eligible are vaccinated. Be sure to let employees know what they will need to bring with them to be vaccinated (employee ID badge or name tag, voucher, etc.).
- Post articles in company communications (e.g., newsletters, intranet, emails, portals) about the importance of COVID-19 vaccination, as well as how and where to get the vaccine in the community.
- Educate and help workers who are eligible for vaccination make their appointments through available channels.
- Make sure employees know COVID-19 vaccine is provided free of charge. They should not be asked to pay any fee, including a vaccine administration fee, and cannot be denied vaccine if they do not have insurance coverage. Providers may bill their insurance plan or program for the administration fee if they have insurance.
- Identify other potential barriers unique to your workforce and implement policies and practices to address them.
- Consider eliminating the hassle of the daily “Health Checks” for those employees that become fully vaccinated.
- Remember: COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19 disease—especially severe illness and death.
Other benefits of becoming vaccinated:
- Fully vaccinated people can gather indoors with other fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.
- You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household (for example, visiting relatives who all live together) without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
- If you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested yourself, unless you develop symptoms.