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
We agree with the CDC’s new guidance especially with the rise in cases and fatalities due to the Delta variant. Although those who are unvaccinated at higher risk, breakthrough cases are still possible. Fully vaccinated individuals should continue to wear masks and screen for COVID-19 symptoms and get tested and stay home if they are symptomatic. If they test positive they should follow isolation procedure and stay home for 10 days per the CDC guidelines.
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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Businesses need a straightforward way to manage safety workflows for vaccinated and unvaccinated employees. Keep everyone safe with vaccine tracking!
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The change in guidelines for fully vaccinated people is a welcome relief for many, but it creates new challenges for employers. Employers must now keep track of vaccination status in order to establish safety protocols. To help navigate these changes, we put together steps employers can take to manage a mixed immunity workforce.
4 steps to manage a mixed immunity workplace
Stay ahead of local, state, and federal guidelines
Know the vaccination status of your employees.
Update your safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 amongst vaccinated and unvaccinated employees.
Stay in tune with the COVID-19 risk status in your community
Updated Safety Protocols for Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Employees at the Workplace
Employees who have been fully vaccinated will return to a new normal.
Before updating safety protocols employers must review their state and local guidelines. This guidance may differ from the CDC or ReturnSafe guidance. We are happy to customize our solution based on local requirements.
The New CDC Guidance Under the new CDC guidelines, fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to do the following:
Wear a mask indoors or outside
Practice social distancing
ReturnSafe’s Guidance We agree with CDC guidance that fully vaccinated individuals no longer must wear a mask or practice social distancing at the workplace.
Q: What if fully vaccinated employees are symptomatic? A: Breakthrough cases have happened and could spread the virus at the workplace. If fully vaccinated employees have symptoms, we recommend they work from home, complete the health screener, and get tested for COVID-19. If they test positive, administrators should follow the case management isolation workflow.
Q: What if fully vaccinated employees are exposed to COVID-19? A: Fully vaccinated employees who are exposed to COVID-19 do not have to quarantine unless they are symptomatic
Unvaccinated employees should continue following safety measures.
Employees who are not vaccinated or are not yet fully vaccinated must continue to screen, test, isolate, and quarantine per CDC, state, and local guidance.
ReturnSafe Guidance We recommend employers establish the following safety protocols for unvaccinated employees.
Daily screening prior to entering the facility
A testing program, testing frequency depends on local COVID-19 infection rates and the organization’s outbreak risk tolerance
Administrators should go through the case management workflow for anyone who is symptomatic and/or tests positive for COVID-19
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The CDC’s guidance for fully vaccinated individuals was welcome news for many hoping to return to regular activities with a sense of normalcy. However, the announcement lacked clear guidance to help businesses identify vaccinated versus unvaccinated individuals. Businesses are now left to their own devices to establish vaccine tracking protocols and safety measures to accommodate the diverse needs of their mixed immunity workforce. Mixed immunity indicates there are employees with varying degrees of immunity to COVID-19.
Why do you need a vaccine tracking system?
As there is rising controversy over Federal vaccine passports and one does not look likely, employers must establish their own internal system for identifying the vaccination status of employees and patrons. Businesses must track this information so they can identify who, at their workplace, can bypass safety precautions such as masking and social distancing. Without a vaccine tracking system in place, Human Resources must uphold all their current safety measures at full capacity. This action may instill resentment in fully vaccinated employees but without any precautions in place businesses risk endangering their unvaccinated or not yet fully vaccinated employees.
Current states with mandates to record and confirm employee vaccination status to relieve mask mandates
We recommend automating your vaccine tracking system to make the process easy for employees to log and update their status. A digital vaccination tracking report enables Human Resources to easily view employee immunity status to inform reopening plans and workplace safety protocols. Additionally, Employers can easily download employee vaccination information to comply with local reporting requirements.
When inquiring on employee vaccination status, employers should consider asking the following questions:
What type of vaccine did you receive?
When did you receive the vaccination? If applicable: When did you receive the second booster vaccination?
Where did you receive the vaccination?
Can you upload a photo of your vaccination card?
Tips to help employers encourage vaccination at the workplace
Many of our customers are employing these measures to optimize their vaccine adoption rate. Find out how these tips can help you mitigate the spread of COVID-19 at the workplace.
Employers should ensure employees have access to accurate vaccine information
Employers aiming to increase their employee vaccination rate should keep their employees informed of their options and be open to questions. One of our customers, Redstone Highlands Communities, doubled their vaccination rate by establishing proactive measures to combat vaccine hesitancy.
Gauge employee sentiment to inform your outreach plan
Another step employers can take is to create a voluntary survey inquiring on employee willingness to get vaccinated. Employers can utilize this information to plan their vaccine outreach campaigns, assess workplace risk, and plan their future workplace safety measures.
Establish post-vaccine incentives for employees
Many employers have already started establishing employee vaccination incentive programs such as paid time off. With the new CDC guidance employers can also relieve mask restrictions and social distancing requirements for fully vaccinated employees.
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