Program Showcase: Vaccine Policies

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COVID-19 and Vaccine Policies in the Workplace

By Dr. Tyler Amell, PhD

Chief Health and Strategy Officer

COVID-19 and Vaccine Policies in the Workplace

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), has impacted nearly every employer during the global pandemic. Small organizations to global conglomerates have faced an unprecedented need to adapt to ever-changing circumstances, landscapes, and evolving science and understanding.

Employees have been under significant pressure, including job loss, working from home, school and business closures, and travel and social restrictions. The impact of COVID-19 on healthcare cannot be overstated. Effective evidence-informed control and prevention approaches such as hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette were established early and evolved to include highly effective physical distancing and face and nose masking strategies to control person-to-person transmission.

Despite these approaches, the virus continues to spread for a variety of reasons, including non-compliance. We have seen COVID-19 surges overwhelm medical resources in some localities. As the risk to healthcare systems sustainability increases, additional tools and approaches are needed to reduce stress and prevent unnecessary morbidity and mortality, as well as work disability.

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