You’ve been asking for a resource about state by state vaccination info and registration links. We found this great resource today:
Check out this compilation of statewide vaccination plans.
It was together by Littler, an employment law firm that appears to be updated the document regularly.
You’ll find that only a few states already have something set up for employers to register their employees. Most of the rest are still in phase 1 and haven’t started collecting employer info yet.
This vaccination situation is still a mess. We don't advise sending employees now for several reasons. One is the optics of putting a hostess ahead of someone's 80 year old grandma. But the other and more significant one is that scheduling and getting appointments anywhere is extremely difficult right now... and the process employees would need to go through to schedule is beyond cumbersome (and unrealistic for many to do). We’re confident they will work out the kinks (as more vaccines become available, the new administration streamlines it and possibly the military takes a role in vaccine administration).
Again, check out this great resource we found to keep track by state: Littler’s compilation of statewide vaccination plans.
After Dose 1, most people are just experiencing a sore arm. After Dose 2 (3 - 4 weeks later), we’re hearing more about 24 hours of mild flu-like symptoms. Side effects can happen at either dose, though, and most often include mild fever, chills, fatigue, or headache. The chaos with appointment scheduling has helped ensure we don’t have large groups of employees vaccinated on the same day, which can help stagger sick calls if people are having side effects.
Several of our clients are discussing incentives ranging from a half day of paid time off to to $25 stipends and $50 gift cards. Others are working hard at encouraging employees to get vaccinated and assisting them in scheduling and getting to appointments. None of our clients have indicated they are paying hourly wages to employees for the actual vaccination to date, though we have heard of large chains doing this, like Trader Joe’s, Dollar General, and others. This is all evolving fairly rapidly.
For Pfizer, Dose 2 is ideally 3 weeks after Dose 1. For Moderna it’s 4 weeks. Although it may be given later, it should not be given more than 4 days early (called a “grace period”). There’s very little data about how the vaccines work if you mess with the timing of the doses. We’ll stay tuned as researchers look into it to help with distribution.
An antibody test may not show if you have a current COVID-19 infection because it can take 1–3 weeks after infection for your body to make antibodies. To see if you are currently infected, you need a viral test (antigen/rapid or PCR, usually a nasal swab). Some insurance companies are not paying for antibody testing.
When the COVID-19 vaccine is working best, it's 95% effective in preventing severe illness. However, doctors now say it may take two shots over six to eight weeks to reach that point. That means those who get the vaccine are still very much at risk of getting COVID-19 even a month after their first dose. But more importantly, even after two doses, we have no evidence documenting that you can’t still transmit COVID. That’s why masking and social distancing are expected to be the norm for quite a bit longer.
There’s been a lot about masks in the news this week and even the suggestion that during the current surge and with the variants now, one should consider double masking. Better masks will definitely help curb transmission.
Take a few seconds to watch this cute video of a baby who is definitely a child of the Pandemic...