We’re seeing an unprecedented rise in failed daily wellness checks (symptom surveys). This past Saturday, the day after Christmas, 20% more employees failed than our previous highest day. Every day since then has been similar and we expect next week will be even higher after people gather on New Year’s Eve.
Novavax will enter Phase 3 trials in the US for it’s vaccine, which only requires refrigeration rather than freezing.
Spain will register residents who choose not to be vaccinated, and share that list with the EU, reports say.
The newest studies seem to support that post-COVID antibodies may protect you for up to 6 months, twice as long as previously thought.
When do you think that vaccinations for essential workers will begin?
That’s hard to say, in part because it will differ from state to state. Some states are already talking about getting started while others haven’t even defined essential workers. There is tremendous variability in speed of vaccine administration by state and that will clearly dictate when they’ll be ready to move to the next phase, even more so than vaccine availability which has expanded.
Will employees need to show employee IDs to prove they are essential workers?
We don’t think so. Here’s how it has looked so far (and again, this will vary by state): You will receive a notification telling you that your employees are eligible based on the nature of your work. It will ask you to register with VAMS (the CDC’s Vaccine Administration Management System) and then you’ll receive subsequent emails with instructions from your state(s). Ours asked us to upload an employee file or to enter names and emails for eligible employees. This is a work in progress. Hopefully your state advocacy groups (like restaurant associations or Chambers of Commerce) will all be sending out information on when and how you can do this.
What’s our top priority for vaccinations?
Communications - starting ASAP. You need to develop robust vaccine advocacy communication plans that will last months (or years). Many health education experts (and infectious disease specialists) think social media is your best communication tool. But you’ll need a multi-pronged approach with everything from top down support (you all getting vaccinated and sharing pics) to a vaccine champion at each site.
Will we need to track employee vaccinations?
Yes. You’ll need to know who has been vaccinated and who hasn’t. We expect exclusions may vary based on that status. We’ll be reaching out to our clients with our vaccine tracking implementation plans.
MedPage Today’s podcast Track the Vax does a great job covering the topic of vaccine hesitancy. Read the interview transcript below or listen to the 28 minute podcast.