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How to Implement the Testing and Vaccine Mandates

How to Implement the Testing and Vaccine Mandates

Federal agencies, state departments, and large companies are all implementing vaccine mandates. The approach has become the new standard workplace safety procedure as we continue to navigate COVID-19. President Biden has ordered OSHA to create a rule mandating businesses with more than 100 employees require workers to get vaccinated or be tested weekly. Employers are actually anxiously awaiting OSHA’s ETS. 

Developing the vaccine policy is only the first hurdle, once in effect tracking employee compliance will place a heavy burden on human resource officers. They have to maintain a secure record of all employees who are fully vaccinated as well as unvaccinated employees’ weekly test results.

See how our solution can help you comply with OSHA’s ETS!

 

Who is implementing the mandate? 

At least 19 states have established testing and vaccine mandates. Federal employees are required to get vaccinated or submit to masking, biweekly testing, and social distancing. Soon, companies with over 100 employees will all be required to have a vaccine tracking or testing protocol. Several leading companies – Ford, Google, and Citigroup have already announced a vaccine mandate. According to a recent survey, more than half of employers plan to implement vaccine mandates.

States with Testing or Vaccine Mandates Large Companies who already have Vaccine Mandates
California  Walmart 
Colorado TJX
Connecticut NBCUniversal 
Delaware  Walgreens 
Hawaii Citigroup 
Maine  Google
Maryland NFL
New Mexico Cisco 
New Jersey Pfizer 
New York  Anthem 
North Carolina  United Airlines 
Pennsylvania Morgan Stanely 
Rhode Island Salesforce
Virginia  Goldman Sachs 
Washington State Street Bank
  WarnerMedia 
Uber 
Equinox 
ViacomCBS 
Gilead Sciences 
Genentech
Saks 
Twitter
The New York Times 
Doordash 
The Washington Post 
Frontier Airlines 
CNN 
Jefferies 
Union Square Hospitality Group
Ford 
Microsoft

 

You’ve implemented the mandate, now what?

Your employee vaccination policy has been announced. Great! Now you need to find a way to securely manage employee health information at scale. In-house solutions place a tremendous burden on IT and HR teams. Any company with more than 100 employees will need to automate their system to keep track of who has been vaccinated and completed a COVID-19 test.

Beware of these mistakes

Storing records on Excel, Google Sheets, or other similar databases can lead to security and compliance issues

There was recently a security breach in Microsoft Power Apps that were exposed online, revealing the contact tracing information and COVID-19 vaccination status of users. Another data breach occurred at California State University, Chico revealing students who requested religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Using siloed solutions for vaccine tracking and test management

HR teams are overwhelmed by their responsibilities to track employee health status and manage communication workflows in the event of positive cases and exposure. Managing these workflows with separate solutions places a significant burden on teams who go back and forth between calendars, Excel, and other platforms. With our one platform, administrators can manage their COVID-19 mandates, communications, and workflows in one place. 

Cannot store vaccine information with other employee records

According to the EEOC, employee vaccination status is considered “confidential medical information” and has to be kept separate from personnel files, both print and digital.

Looking for additional tips? Gartner provides great resources for employers to review before establishing a vaccine mandate. 

Automating your COVID-19 Workflow

Our Command Center provides digital vaccine tracking and testing tools to help administrators comply with the recent guidelines. But that’s not all. What do you do if an employee reports a positive test result or symptoms? ReturnSafe’s case management, screening, and contact tracing tools help HR manage workflows to prevent outbreaks 

Vaccination Tracking & Verification

The Vaccine Tracking tab helps you track employee vaccination status, gauge employee sentiment towards vaccination, and verify employee vaccination records. 

Vaccine Verification

Test Tracking

In the Test Results tab, an organization’s testing provider can upload bulk imports of employee test results into the Command Center for administrators to review. 

Test Management

Case Management

In the Case Manager tab, administrators can create and update positive, preemptive, and cleared cases. Administrators can also override employee screening recommendations and have access to workflow management tools to ensure cases receive the appropriate follow-up communications.

Case Manager Contact Notification

If you are on a tight deadline, book a demo with our team to get up and running as soon as possible.

ReturnSafe Return to Work Newsletter – August 24, 2021

ReturnSafe Return to Work Newsletter – August 24, 2021

News and Updates

Best practices for COVID-19 safety protocols have become clear over the last few weeks. Vaccine tracking and weekly testing are the new standard. This is reflected in OSHA and the CDC’s new guidance as well as federal agencies, state governments, and large businesses new requirements for employees returning to the workplace.

Our team is happy to help as you navigate changing state, local, and federal guidelines and put together your own policies and workflows.

New Guidance

Responding to OSHA and the CDC’s New Recommendations

Due to the rise of the Delta variant OSHA and the CDC have updated their safety recommendations to keep employees safe.
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Did you know?

We released new vaccine reporting enhancements

For Administrators

Administrators can now verify employee vaccination records directly from the portal.

Vaccine Verification

For Employees

We also have a new employee app feature available for customers to adopt. The feature allows employees to update their vaccine status in a separate tab on the app, outside of the screening flow.ReturnSafe Vaccine Update Tab


Customer Stories

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Find out how Flynn Group of Companies prevented COVID-19 outbreaks and resulting shutdowns by utilizing ReturnSafe’s screening platform.
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Responding to OSHA and the CDC’s New Recommendations

Responding to OSHA and the CDC’s New Recommendations

OSHA Guidance

OSHA recently updated their recommendations to help employers protect workers. In their guidance, they encourage employers to develop vaccine incentives and/or policies to require employees get vaccinated or be tested regularly.

Like the CDC, they encourage fully vaccinated individuals to wear a mask in areas of substantial or high transmission and “regardless of level of transmission, particularly if individuals are at risk or have someone in their household who is at increased risk of severe disease or not fully vaccinated.” If a vaccinated individual is exposed to someone with COVID-19 they recommend getting tested within 3-5 days and wearing a mask for 14 days or until the individual gets a negative test result.

CDC Guidance

With the rise of the Delta variant across the country the CDC now recommends that fully vaccinated individuals wear a mask indoors in public if they are in an area of substantial or high transmission. This reverses their earlier guidance permitting those fully vaccinated to bypass wearing masks.

Individuals may also want to wear a mask regardless of local transmission levels if they or someone in their household have:

  • a weakened immune system
  • an underlying medical condition
  • a higher risk of severe COVID-19 because of their age
  • not yet been vaccinated

ReturnSafe’s Guidance

We agree with OSHA and the CDC’s new guidance especially with the rise in cases and fatalities due to the Delta variant.

Vaccine tracking and testing are the new standard to ensure safety at the workplace. Federal agencies, state governments, and large businesses have already started implementing these requirements for their employees.

Although those who are unvaccinated are at higher risk, breakthrough cases are still possible. Fully vaccinated individuals should continue to wear masks and screen for COVID-19 symptoms and stay home and get tested if they are symptomatic. If they test positive they should follow isolation procedure and stay home for 10 days per the CDC guidelines.

 

Learn more about the upcoming OSHA vaccine mandate by visiting Vaccine Management.

 

ReturnSafe Return to Work Newsletter – July 22, 2021

ReturnSafe Return to Work Newsletter – July 22, 2021

News and Updates

As the delta variant spreads it is crucial to protect unvaccinated communities. The best defense against the variant is the vaccine. Our tools can help you track and optimize employee vaccination rates and prevent outbreaks. 

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Customers Give ReturnSafe a World Class NPS

In their most recent NPS survey, customers gave ReturnSafe a World Class Ranking! 
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Update your COVID-19 Toolkit

Verify and Track Employee Vaccination Status 

Keep your finger on the pulse as the world changes. With our secure HIPAA compliant vaccine management platform administrators can track as much or as little vaccine information as they want. Employers can ask for vaccine self attestation and/or ask employees to upload their vaccination card. Verification workflows allow employers to confirm employee vaccination status. 
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COVID-19 vaccine management


Announcements

New Feature Available!
Contactless & Verified Safe Entry

The future of the workplace is touchless! The building access feature ensures only healthy employees enter the office and minimizes the spread of germs in high traffic entryways. 
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Safe Entry Pass

Entry Access Pass 

Only people who meet return to work safety criteria receive a safety pass to access the building. Access criteria are customizable.

Touchless Entry Tablet

Affordable & Easy to Use Tablet for Touchless Entry

Integrates with existing stack for access control, time & attendance, and other IT systems. Utilize QR code or facial recognition features to ensure only healthy employees access the building. 


Customer Stories

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How Redstone Overcame Vaccine Hesitancy

Redstone doubled the number of employees willing to get the vaccine. How? Implementing proactive safety measures and transparent communication to build trust that safety was top priority.
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ReturnSafe Return to Work Newsletter – June 24, 2021

ReturnSafe Return to Work Newsletter – June 24, 2021

News and Updates

Many states updated their COVID-19 safety guidelines after the CDC’s announcement for fully vaccinated individuals. Bookmark our state guidance page to stay ahead of these changing regulations! As always our team is here to help you tackle evolving safety guidelines to stay compliant and keep your doors open.

Announcements

COVID-19 Testing

Rapid Antigen Testing Services Now Available!

ReturnSafe has partnered with BD, a leading COVID-19 testing provider. The BD Veritor™ Plus offers a convenient point of care test for COVID-19 with rapid results and simple workflows!
Contact us to learn more! 

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Resources

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Businesses need a straightforward way to manage safety workflows for vaccinated and unvaccinated employees. Keep everyone safe with vaccine tracking!
 
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Employers must continue to be mindful of the risks of COVID-19 transmission, especially as new variants spread.

Customer Stories

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This investment firm implemented a scalable return to work program to give employees and human resources peace of mind about safety.
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ReturnSafe Celebrates First Year of Incorporation

ReturnSafe Celebrates First Year of Incorporation

It’s been a little over a year since ReturnSafe founders Tarun Nimmagadda, Jikku Venkat, and Jason Story officially incorporated ReturnSafe, a holistic software solution purpose-built to fight COVID-19. Today, the company provides digital screening, testing, vaccine tracking, contact tracing, and case management tools to help organizations reopen safely. 

ReturnSafe is a mission-oriented, public benefit corporation. Since the early stages of the pandemic our goal has been to protect vulnerable communities from the devastating impacts of the pandemic. From our work with Redstone, a long-term care facility, to protecting essential businesses such as Pennrose, ReturnSafe has stayed true to this mission. 

Over the past few months, the company has experienced tremendous growth. ReturnSafe has more than 60 customers, protecting over 60,000 lives among a diverse range of industries from Sports and Entertainment to Higher Education. Our infectious disease management platform is helping people on the ground navigate evolving COVID-19 guidelines and mandates. 

We know it’s been a tough year for businesses, schools, and event organizers and we are excited to help them return to normal activities safely. ReturnSafe exists to help organizations and people transition to a new normal where health safety, wellbeing, and workforce flexibility are top priorities.

Interested in learning more? Connect with one of our solution experts!