We are seeing unprecedented levels of illness across the US right now, and want to avoid overloading our healthcare systems. Someone should seek medical attention if they are experiencing emergency symptoms, like trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to stay awake, or bluish lips or face, or any other symptoms that feel severe or concerning to them. There are states who are encouraging anyone with symptoms (and some without) to be tested. If you have underlying medical conditions, it is advisable to contact your primary care provider to discuss early interventions.
Make sure you have systems in place to ensure someone who fails the wellness check isn’t allowed to work without resolution of that failed check. And let employees know that they can complete an electronic wellness check if they get sick on a day off or after they’ve left work (they don’t need to wait until their next scheduled shift).
No! You should still be encouraging flu shots and going to get one yourself if you haven’t yet. In past years, you could walk into Costco or CVS and get one. This year, to prevent lines where possible, you’ll need to go online and schedule it. But most have same-day and walk-up appointments available. But please don’t delay. It takes two weeks for a flu shot to take full effect and Thanksgiving is coming.
Well - that’s a legal question and outside of our expertise, but the answer is likely no. There are people who won't be able to take the vaccine for medical reasons. There are those with vaccine hesitancy, and those who oppose vaccines. Typically a vaccine takes 10-15 years to go from concept to regular use, and this one is clearly moving much faster than that. So we expect higher than normal vaccine hesitancy or those who will prefer to wait. Here’s a good link to the CDC’s new document on why you should get vaccinated.
We do expect to see different exclusions for vaccinated employees and non-vaccinated employees. Our best guess is that vaccinated employees will no longer need to be excluded for close contact (though there is still a lot of info we need on how the vaccine works before we can say anything for certain, including how long the vaccine protects against COVID). Anyone with symptoms, vaccinated or not, will continue to require exclusion.
This is a question that came up in our webinar on Wednesday and will continue to be top of mind as we get closer to a viable vaccine.
Not exactly a laugh, but we suspect everyone’s a bit distracted today with Georgia (and PA, AZ, NC) on their minds… why not end your week with a Ray Charles serenade?
The recorded webinar is now available on-demand, check it out or share with teammates.
We hope you can join us for our next webinar in December!
Looking Ahead to COVID in 2021: Clinical and Legal Issues for Employers
Wednesday, December 2nd, 3pm EST
Have a good weekend and stay safe out there!