5 strategies employers can implement to help support COVID vaccine uptake
While there has been a lot of positive news recently about the COVID vaccines, there are varying reports on the public’s concern and willingness to take it. That hesitation, along with vaccine access, will determine how quickly life returns to normal. We will need more than 70% of the population vaccinated to get back to a pre-pandemic society, and employers can make a significant difference in helping achieve that. By enabling employee access to vaccines, employers can help end this pandemic more quickly.
This will not be easy. Limited vaccine supplies and distribution challenges will make the vaccine difficult for many people to access initially. And employees will have questions about whether or not they should get vaccinated. Therefore, even if a company is not in the healthcare space, it will likely need a strategy to deal with issues related to the COVID vaccines for its employees. Business leaders should look at this moment as an opportunity to play an important role in what will be considered one of history’s largest and most rapid inoculation efforts.
I routinely advise Fortune 500 companies and help them think through pandemic planning and vaccine rollout. For many of these businesses, healthcare strategy is now synonymous with business strategy. A little preparation will go a long way and may make all the difference for your company and your employees.