Building Vaccine Confidence
*Image Credit: CDPHE, February 2021 Statewide Survey COVID-19 Vaccine: Reducing Barriers to Equitable Vaccine Distribution
You are a trusted messenger for your employees and community. You can help reduce a key barrier to getting the vaccine - concerns about missing work - by promoting the vaccination with your employees, and even giving them time off to get it.
- Identify well-known and trusted staff to be Vaccine Champions. They can then be the primary source for all staff to answer questions and share information about COVID-19 vaccination.
Resources to Build Confidence
- TCHD: Register for Learning Series on Vaccine Promotion in the Workplace, Parts 2 & 3, May 14 & 28
- TCHD: View Part 1, April 30:Learning Series on Vaccine Promotion
- TCHD: Flyer: Building Vaccine Confidence and Promoting Vaccination
- CDC: Building Confidence in COVID-19 Vaccines
Share Vaccine Appointment Information
Public Vaccination Sites
The easiest way to get appointments is through hospitals, pharmacies, large clinics, and local public health agencies since they receive most of the doses each week.
- Share the Tri-County Health Department webpage for an up-to-date list of vaccination providers: www.tchd.org/COVIDvaccine.
Vaccination Events for Employees
Employer-sponsored vaccination events are not widely available now, but may be in the future, depending on vaccine supply. Employers interested in this option can contact:
- Your occupational health provider to see if they would be able to support an employer sponsored vaccination effort.
- Your insurance carrier to see if they have providers who can support an employer-sponsored vaccination effort.
- Existing vaccine providers offering employer solutions. The following providers are advertising that they provide employer solutions for large employers. Please confirm with the providers directly.
Low Income or Minority Workers Vaccinations
In specific employment settings where the majority of employees are low income and/or from minority communities, TCHD can connect employers with vaccine providers nearby that may be able to accommodate linguistic or cultural needs. Email COVIDvaccine@tchd.org.
Resources to Promote Vaccination in the Workplace
- CDC: Workplace Vaccination Program
- CDC: Guidance for Planning Vaccination Clinics
- CDC: Essential Workers COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit
Plan to Support Employees
- Allow at least one day of leave for employees to recover if they have severe side effects.
- Under Colorado paid sick leave law, all employees in Colorado have a right to take paid leave from work to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Employees are also entitled to use paid leave if they experience vaccine side effects that prevent them from working.
- Stagger vaccinations to ensure continuity of business operations.
- Work with your human resources to ensure vaccinations are made available for contactors and temporary employees. See OSHA NIOSH Recommended Practices, Protecting Temporary Workers, 2014-139(cdc.gov)for more information.
- Employers offering or requiring vaccination should keep a record of the offer to vaccinate and the employees decision to accept or decline vaccination. Employees may be exempt from receiving the vaccination for medical or religious reasons.