- Connecticut Business & Industry Association highlights insights from companies that have successfully promoted vaccinations among their employees
- Effective communications, visits from health care professionals, and holding firm to any rules are among the strategies
- Setting up vaccine clinics and offering paid time off to get a dose can also be useful
Summary by Dirk Langeveld
Although businesses were initially reluctant to require their workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 once the doses became widely available, the persistence of the pandemic and the emergence of new variants has led more companies to establish such rules.
Mandating vaccines is a controversial topic. A proposed emergency temporary standard from OSHA that would require most employees to get vaccinated or undergo weekly testing for COVID-19, is currently tied up in legal challenges. But employers can still choose to establish their own vaccine policies.
The Connecticut Business & Industry Association recently shared some insights on how businesses can take steps to improve the vaccination rate of their workforce. These include:
- Be persistent in urging reluctant employees to get the vaccine, providing the necessary information and reassurances to convince them that it’s the right decision; include opportunities for workers to share any concerns so they can be addressed
- Communications should include information about the safety and efficacy of vaccinations, including potentially lining up visits to your company from health care professionals
- When mandating vaccination, be firm in the rules you set and anticipate that they may result in labor disruptions, including workers quitting or the need to fire employees due to non-compliance
- Employers can help facilitate vaccine requirements by bringing in health care providers to set up vaccine clinics or offering paid time off to get a dose and recover from any side effects