With the NY State Restaurant Association
Tuesday, September 20th, 10-11:00 AM EST
Mental health is the leading cause of employee turnover, with 89% of employees who left their job this year reporting feeling burned out or unsupported. Economic uncertainty, stressful working environments, and more challenging interactions with guests and co-workers make restaurant and hospitality work more difficult than ever before. Despite this growing need for mental health support, many restaurant employees either don’t have or don’t know how to access mental health resources.
Our panel of experts will discuss what the current crisis looks like, why having an EAP alone may not be enough, and how to cost effectively offer resources and support to your employees while also mitigating your risk.
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.
Everyone 12 and up is eligible for a new bivalent booster. So unless you’ve had a specific situation (like an allergic reaction), pretty much everyone 12+ will be considered as NOT up to date on their vaccines until they get the new bivalent booster. The CDC is trying to move away from the idea that you need a certain number of doses, and move toward the new reality that you’re considered up to date when you get the most recent recommended booster. It’s a mental shift that they’re pushing hard amid the confusion of counting doses.
You can get both a flu shot and the new COVID booster dose at the same time, just in different arms. There’s no increased risk, other than that you might have two sore arms for a day. The White House and CDC are encouraging people to go get both shots ASAP, and most pharmacies and healthcare providers in the US either already have doses of both, or will this week.
While the CDC and White House are pushing people to go get boosted right away and highlighting that people can get flu and COVID booster shots on the same day, there’s just one catch; most experts agree that early September is just a tad on the early side for flu shots, given that flu season stretches throughout the winter and the flu shot wanes in protection over time. That said, there has been increased flu activity over the summer compared to normal years, and experts predict that this flu season will be a bad one.
This is a case of public health policy clashing with the science here. The science supports getting a flu shot in mid- to late-October to best protect you for the worst of the flu season. But public health policy experts know that getting people to go get shots is a real challenge, and convenience is paramount. The employers with the best flu shot uptake are hospitals that bring flu shots on carts around to every employee at their workstation.
So, where does that leave us? It ends up being a personal decision - some of our team are taking it earlier due to upcoming travel or life events. Others are waiting to get maximum protection for the holidays when they’ll see immunocompromised family members.
For your employee communication, we recommend the public health approach - encourage employees to go get both shots as soon as possible, knowing that many of them will put it off. We feel that our best bet to avoid a fall surge is getting as many people boosted with the new and improved bivalent boosters before the surge hits. We recommend organizing an on-site clinic where nurses come equipped with both shots, whenever you’re able to schedule one. ZHH can help you organize that – just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.