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COVID-19 Vaccine is Coming!

December 08, 2020

The COVID-19 vaccine is coming and there is much to consider. As of December 8, 2020, we anticipate the Food and Drug Administration will provide an emergency approval of the numerous vaccines in testing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is currently evaluating recommendations to identity the portion of the population who will be prioritized for vaccination. Many health plans are starting to deliver information on their approach in preparing to distribute the vaccine to millions of members. And finally, as employers, you must plan for workplace safety and whether you will require mandatory vaccinations.

Preparing:

Like all things COVID-19, information is rapidly changing and we have been fortunate that legal partners such as Fisher Phillips have developed free resources for businesses. Go to their Vaccine Resource Center to help frame your internal discussion on policy questions such as:

  • If we require our employees to get a vaccine, what policies or procedures do we need to have in place?
  • Can we ban employees from coming to work if they refuse to get the COVID-19 vaccine, if and when an approved vaccine becomes available?
  • If we require our employees to get a vaccine, what proof of vaccination can we require?
  • Can we disclose which employees have or have not been vaccinated?
  • What should employers consider before requiring employees to be vaccinated?
  • Should we require our employees to get a vaccine?
  • What is our potential liability as a company?

Resources:

  • Fisher Phillips Vaccine Resource Center also has model templates for a Vaccine Policy, Medical or Religious Exemption/Accommodation and more!
  • Detailed information about Vaccine Safety, Types, Benefits and Planning at the CDC Vaccine Information page.

For additional information, please contact your Burnham Benefits Consultant or Burnham Benefits at 949-833-2983 or inquiries@burnhambenefits.com.


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