As COVID-19 Information Evolves, Employer Guide to Vaccination Becomes More Valuable

February 24, 2021

Because the battle against COVID-19 is constant, information about prevention, treatment and cures for the disease changes frequently. Case in point: Wednesday’s news that a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) review of a single-shot vaccine produced by Johnson & Johnson found it safe and highly effective.

As the Washington Post reported: “The review sets the stage for a third coronavirus vaccine to be authorized as soon as this weekend, a point of hope in the middle of a pandemic that has killed more than a half-million people in the United States.”

The recently released Alera Group whitepaper COVID-19 Vaccines: What Employers Need to Know recognizes the constantly evolving nature of information regarding the coronavirus. Its focus is on how and where employers can access the most reliable information – including from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and from state agencies – and on how they should prepare their organizations for more widespread vaccination.

The document includes three main sections:

  • An analysis of whether employers can mandate vaccination as a condition for return to the workplace

  • 10 steps employers should take in preparing their organization and employees for vaccination

  • A condensed version of the Q&A section of the CDC website, with answers to questions regarding not only employer policies but also employee questions about vaccine safety and efficacy.

We’re certain that news regarding COVID-19 and vaccination against the disease will continue to develop at a rapid pace. For updates, webinars, legal alerts and additional vaccine resources, be sure to visit Alera Group’s Coronavirus Resource Center.

And to prepare for the coming time when vaccines will be available to the general public and workplace staffing will approach pre-pandemic levels, download COVID-19 Vaccines: What Employers Need to Know. Most businesses have done a remarkable job of adapting to the disruption the pandemic has caused. We’re here to help guide you through the recovery.



About the Author

Gretchen Day

VP of Health Innovation & Advanced Strategies

AIA, Alera Group

Gretchen leads the DiscoverHealth® department in the Employee Benefits division of AIA, Alera Group. She provides support to clients in their cost containment, population health management and well-being initiatives. Gretchen believes that employers hold the key to improving healthcare and the health of their employees, and is passionate about bringing forth solutions to enhance the overall health and well-being of employees.

Gretchen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Delaware and a Master of Public Health degree from Pennsylvania State University with a focus in Health Systems Organization and Policy. Gretchen is certified as a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) and holds a Pennsylvania Insurance Producer License for Life, Accident and Health, as well as a certification in Critical Outcomes Report Analysis from the Intel/GE Care Innovations Validation Institute. Gretchen joined the AIA team in 2014.

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