We’ve assembled resources for employers and administrators to review as you establish vaccine program management policies and procedures.

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These resources are updated according to the latest news and information that may impact your organization’s vaccine management program. 

Bloomberg COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker
The Bloomberg COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker provides up to date information on the national and global vaccine program. Here you can see the doses allotted and administered. You are also able to determine the phases for available and incoming COVID-19 vaccines and when to expect the next vaccine. 

Safety and Efficacy of the BNT162b2 mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine
The New England Journal of Medicine completed an evaluation of the Pfizer vaccine clinical trials. This article presents their findings on the vaccines safety and efficacy.

Can Employers Mandate COVID-19 Vaccines?

No, given that the COVID-19 vaccines are not yet fully licensed by the FDA. Under the EUA, the vaccine is voluntary.

Federal law prohibits employers and others from requiring vaccination with a COVID-19 vaccine distributed under an EUA
This articles outlines why employers can’t require the COVID-19 vaccination. As the author notes, when the FDA grants an EUA, they also require that individuals are informed they have the choice to accept or refuse vaccination.

Vaccination Guide for Employers: Frequently Asked Questions
This piece answers common questions employers may have concerning COVID-19 vaccines. 

Employers Prepare COVID-19 Vaccination Policies
This video explains how employers should prepare workplace vaccine policies. They also provide alternative options. To encourage vaccination, they recommend employers provide educational materials, incentives, and convenient access to the vaccine. 

Find Your Place in the Vaccine Line
Considering there is vaccine priority for certain groups, where do you fall in line? This tool calculates where you are in line given the number of people who will need a vaccine.

COVID-19 Vaccine Basic Information

The Federal Government has established goals for national vaccine rollout. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has a process to ensure the vaccine is safe to use. 

Operation Warp Speed
Operation Warp Speed is a program run out of the Health and Human Services Federal Government Agency. The goal of this program is to deliver 300 million doses of COVID-19 safe and effective vaccines. 

Development and Licensure of Vaccines to Prevent COVID-19: Guidance for Industry
The FDA makes the final determination if a vaccine is safe to use in the United States. They have established rigorous standards for the Development and Licensure of Vaccines to prevent COVID-19.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance

The CDC has compiled resources to help communities address and understand the COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccine Communications Toolkit for Essential Workers
The CDC has provided a toolkit to help organizations educate employees about COVID-19 vaccines, address questions and concerns, and inform them of vaccination benefits.

8 Things to Know about the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program
This resource provides important information on the national vaccine rollout and what the public should expect. 

CDC COVID Data Tracker
The CDC COVID Data Tracker keeps track of U.S. COVID-19 cases, deaths, and vaccination information. We can see the number of vaccine doses distributed and the amount of people who have initiated vaccination. Pfizer and Moderna both require two doses (1).

Ensuring the Safety of Vaccines
U.S. The Food and Drug Administration has granted Emergency Use Authorizations to approve the COVID-19 vaccines. These vaccines have been shown to be effective and safe. Data from manufacturers and clinical trials show the benefits of the vaccine exceed the harms of a COVID-19 infection. The CDC also outlines the additional measures and monitoring they are taking to ensure safety.

Benefits of Getting Vaccinated
The CDC clearly lays out COVID-19 vaccine information to help people make informed decisions and keep communities safe.

Who Gets Vaccinated First?
The CDC has published their recommendations on the groups they believe should receive the vaccination first. They prioritize specific groups in phases 1a, 1b, and 1c and explain the process by which they are making vaccine recommendations. The groups are healthcare personnel, long-term care facility residents, people who are pregnant and breastfeeding and with underlying medical conditions.

Vaccine Hesitancy

Vaccine Hesitancy is a serious issue that presents a great threat to global health. Especially in the case of COVID-19, some people have reservations of what is still unknown on vaccine efficacy and side effects. Others have expressed concern about the expedited research and development cycle for the vaccines (2). Like those in the anti-vaccine movement, there are also many people who are misinformed about vaccines.

The CDC website is a great resource to help employees make informed decisions about receiving a COVID-19 vaccine and prevent misinformation.

Vaccine Hesitancy: a generation at risk
This article addresses issues surrounding vaccine hesitancy and misinformation. The author(s) outline the role of social media platforms in this issue.

Ten threats to global health in 2019
The WHO noted vaccine hesitancy as one of the top 10 threats to global health in 2019.

KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor: December 2020
This resource is ongoing study gauging public sentiment and experiences with the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Vaccine Access and Hesitancy: The Public Health Importance of Vaccines
This piece explores the factors driving vaccine hesitancy. This includes concerns about safety, effectiveness, access, equity, as well as distrust in government and healthcare institutions.

Anti-Vaxxers and The Anti-Vaccine Movement

The Anti-Vaccine Movement has gained considerable strength through online platforms and pose a threat to employee vaccine adoption. 

The online anti-vaccine movement in the age of COVID-19
The Lancet Digital Health has a resource outlining the growth of the “anti-vax” movement’s online presence. Experts make the suggestion that refuting anti-vaxxer arguments and misinformation is the strongest defense.

May Employers Mandate COVID-19 Vaccines
This article notes that employers may face resistance from employees involved in anti-vaccine groups. It mentions the legal complications that could arise if vaccines are mandated for this group.

References:
Covid-19: U.S. and Pfizer Discuss Deal for Tens of Millions More Vaccine Doses Next Year
More Americans Now Willing to Get COVID-19 Vaccine 

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