Now that eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine has expanded to all U.S. adults, many employers are trying to determine the best ways to disseminate vaccine information as well as face the decision of whether or not to hold in-workplace vaccination programs.
If you’re an employer considering holding a COVID-19 vaccination program, here is some additional information from the Employee Wellness team at Cornerstone Insurance Group that may help you in your decision.
Who Should Hold a Vaccination Program On-site?
While employers should strive to make vaccine information accessible to all employees, many workplaces should think about holding programs on-site.
You may consider an on-site program if:
- A large number of your employees work on-site with regular schedules.
- You’re able to enroll within your jurisdiction’s immunization program as a vaccination provider (this may include conducting appropriate training).
- You have a workplace that’s large enough to accommodate a clinic while maintaining social distancing each step of the way.
How Do I Plan an On-Site Vaccination Program?
If you’re planning to hold a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at your workplace, there are a few tasks you need to prepare ahead of time:
Contact the Health Department
Your local health department will have the resources and information you need to set up the clinic properly and within guidelines. They can also offer guidance on how to make it efficient as well as eligibility requirements.
Consider Partnering with a Vaccine Provider
There are likely many vaccination providers in your community that help run events just like this one. They typically deliver worksite flu vaccination services but many have expanded their offerings to include COVID-19 vaccinations. These providers have trained nursing staff available, can take care of billing insurance for any administration fees and can also take care of reporting your workplace’s vaccine administration data to immunization registries.
Vaccination partners should also be aware of the warning signs of vaccine reactions, such as anaphylaxis.
Provide Easy Employees Access to Vaccines
If you’re thinking about hosting a vaccine clinic at your workplace, make sure it’s a day and time during which the majority of employees can attend (i.e. during work hours). You should also be mindful to make vaccine access easy for all employee types, whether they’re full-time, part-time, contractor or temporary.
In addition, consider offering more than one opportunity for employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Mobile clinics should be able to return to your workplace multiple times on a rotating schedule.
What About Off-Site Vaccination Programs?
If your workplace is not eligible to host an on-site clinic — or if it’s not feasible or the best option — you might consider hosting an off-site vaccine program. This is also a good option for companies that:
- Are small or midsize
- Have mobile or remote employee populations
- Have workers with varying schedules
- Have a majority of employees who would prefer a community-run clinic than one in the workplace
If you’re planning an off-site vaccine program, you may consider working with a mobile vaccination clinic to set up at a community location. You can also work with pharmacies that are enrolled in the Federal Retail Pharmacy program, or local healthcare provider offices and health centers.
How Can I Encourage My Employees to Get the Vaccine?
Whether your workplace is able to host a clinic on-site, partners with a community clinic or cannot do either, there are many ways in which you can encourage your employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
- Allow employees to get vaccinated during work hours
- Educate employees with the resources and information they need to know how, when and where they can get vaccinated as well as what they need to bring
- Identify any potential barriers that are unique to your workforce that may prevent team members from getting the vaccine
- Encourage your leaders to be vaccine champions and communicate with employees
Building confidence in the vaccine increases the likelihood of your workplace returning to a more normal state of being. Healthy workers are happy workers!
Still have questions about holding vaccinination programs through your workplace? Let the wellness specialists at Cornerstone help. Contact our team today.
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