If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (En Español: 1-888-628-9454; Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.
OSHA revised its guidelines earlier this week, stating that employers can continue to test employees for COVID as long as they can show that their testing is job-related and a business necessity, according to Fisher Phillips. Employers will individually need to decide whether both their own situation and the local and national pandemic situation justify COVID testing to prevent workplace transmission. They’ve also confirmed that COVID symptom screening questionnaires are still broadly permitted, that employers can ask for a doctor's note to return someone to work after being out sick, and that you can’t require antibody testing to re-enter the workplace. As always, we recommend that you discuss with your legal counsel before making any policy changes.
It’s actually not authorized as a booster just yet. It was only authorized by the FDA for emergency use as a two-dose initial series, with each dose given three weeks apart. The company will apply for booster authorization soon, but for now, that option isn’t on the table. If it does get the thumbs up for use as a booster, though, it might be a popular option because people experienced fewer side effects, including sore arms, in the Novavax trials.
Speculation is never a good idea, especially about someone else’s medical status. You can’t talk to an employee about another person’s health situation, so start by saying as much. If someone calls out sick, or shows up to work with symptoms, their manager can (and should) discuss it with them directly.
If an employee has chicken pox, exclude family members or romantic partners until they can share a note saying they’ve either had chicken pox or the vaccine. Sanitize any surfaces the employee touched if they worked in the last few days. Notify any pregnant employees who may have been exposed so they can reach out to their doctors for guidance, but be sure not to name the sick employee to protect their privacy. The sick employee must stay out until they have a doctor’s note clearing them to work and until any sores are completely crusted over. For ZHH and Zedic clients, you can also check out the Chicken Pox Q&A and Action Plan in the app.