Experts fear that the US' call to pause on the J&J vaccine will increase vaccine hesitancy. We've rounded up some of the most common questions we're getting from you about the pause and have included some tips to help you discuss the news with your employees. Click here for everything you need to know about the J&J pause.
No. A fully vaccinated employee doesn’t need to quarantine even if family members have COVID, unless that employee has symptoms of their own. Fully vaccinated people are much less likely to get infected with the virus, and early evidence is pointing to the fact that they’re less likely to transmit the virus, as well. The CDC has said it’s safe for fully vaccinated people to continue working and going out into the community, even if they’ve been exposed. The same is true if that exposure is at home.
Throughout the pandemic, there have been different local, state, and CDC guidelines to navigate. These change regularly and keeping track of them is one of the most challenging parts of operating a business during this time. For now, carefully monitor county and state guidelines for each of your locations and be sure to follow those guidelines whenever they’re more stringent than the CDC’s. For example, the entire state of Michigan has recently moved from a 10-day quarantine period to a 14-day quarantine period. The CDC says 10 days is sufficient, but state and local jurisdictions take precedence.
It depends on whether you’re vaccinated. The CDC recommends that unvaccinated people stay home and quarantine for seven days and get tested 3-5 days after returning from international travel. Fully vaccinated people should still get tested 3-5 days after returning, but they don’t need to quarantine.
This is a tough situation because, at the end of the day, you need to protect your company and your employees. If you think an employee isn’t being truthful, this is more of an HR issue than it is a clinical issue. If you’re not sure, it’s risky to require an employee to work when they say they’ve been exposed - not only because they might be infectious if it’s true, but it can also affect your brand, your legal liability, and more. Check with your legal and HR folks if you think an employee is faking, and create a plan for how you’ll respond.
Yes. These types of cases, called “breakthrough” cases, do occur. Fortunately, it is very rare and most likely from a variant. All three vaccines remain highly effective in preventing illness, hospitalizations and deaths. Here’s a link to a good article on the topic. Anyone with symptoms should stay home!