We all have webinar fatigue, we get it! So we heard your requests for an easier, more convenient way to hear from the experts we bring to our monthly webinars. Now you can listen at your convenience, rather than tuning in live on the first Wednesday of the month.
Our first podcast is out today! We spoke with Andy Pforzheimer, CEO of Tastemaker Acquisition Corp and founder of both Barcelona Wine Bar and Bartaco. He’s got a fascinating history in the business and a unique perspective on the opportunities and challenges facing the foodservice industry right now.
You can listen to our podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Soundcloud.
Stay tuned as we’ll be releasing new podcasts every week. So don’t forget to subscribe on your podcast app of choice!
Because fully vaccinated people can still get and spread COVID in rare cases, the WHO believes that those who are fully vaccinated should still wear masks - to protect themselves and to stop the spread of the Delta variant. Masks protect you from getting COVID - just wearing a mask reduces your individual risk of getting the virus by 65%. So while the vaccine works really, really well - getting you all the way up to 90% protection - a mask raises that level of protection even more.
Yes, but not perfectly. The two mRNA vaccines, Pfizer and Moderna, are shown to be 90% effective in protecting against the Delta variant. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is looking to be a little less effective against Delta, closer to about 70%. In either case, the reality is that if there are large outbreaks of the Delta variant, people who are fully vaccinated can get infected and spread the virus, even if it’s rare.
Scientists studied an outbreak of the Delta variant in Israel. About half of the people infected were unvaccinated kids, but of the adults, about half were fully vaccinated with mRNA vaccine (Pfizer). That means that fully vaccinated people can still be infected and likely transmit the virus.
Fully vaccinated workers should wear masks when required to do so by state or local regulations or employer policy, if they feel more comfortable wearing a mask, or if they are immunocompromised or they live with or care for someone who is immunocompromised. Some people who have young children who are unvaccinated may also want to consider wearing a mask, as those children aren’t protected from the virus. Most vaccinated people won’t catch or transmit COVID, but breakthrough cases do occur.
Employers are able to ask their employees about their vaccination status. In fact, in many cases employers must ask in order to properly enforce mask mandates for unvaccinated employees. Likewise, most legal experts seem to think that extends to on-site vendors who may be entering your business, as well. As for whether it’s acceptable for employees to ask their coworkers about their vaccination status, that’s likely a question of company policy, but generally we think vaccination status is fair game for anyone to discuss because it affects your own health - so long as you stay away from asking why someone isn’t vaccinated and stray into territory that may be covered by the ADA.