HR, Benefits & business
You’re probably wondering when you and your employees will be able to get the vaccine and safely head back to work. Here is what you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
Why does the CDC have vaccination phases?
Vaccinating an entire population is a huge undertaking. Due to the nature of the Coronavirus disease, certain groups of people need to be prioritized to reduce the spread of the virus and minimize instances of hospitalization or worse.
The CDC uses the following general guidelines:
Are my employees considered frontline essential workers?
The type of industry you’re in dictates whether you and your employees are frontline essential workers. Currently, the CDC lists the following jobs and occupations in this category:
•Food and agricultural workers
•United States Postal Service workers
•Grocery store workers
•Educational workers (teachers, support staff and daycare employees)
If your business is involved in any of these sectors, it’s likely that your employees are considered frontline essential workers. They’re able to receive the COVID-19 vaccination as soon as the CDC authorized the vaccination rollout to move to Phase 1B.
Are there other essential workers?
The CDC distinguishes between frontline essential workers and other essential workers. Other essential workers include those in the following industries:
•Transportation and logistics
Workers in these industries are eligible for the vaccine in Phase 1C.
Does the age of my employees affect vaccination priority?
Age is a major factor in the COVID-19 vaccination rollout. If you have employees over the age of 75, they’re eligible to receive the vaccine during Phase 1B. Once the CDC approves a move into Phase 1C, those age 65 to 74 years become eligible for vaccination.
What if my employees have underlying medical conditions?
If you have employees with underlying medical conditions who weren’t eligible for the vaccine in Phase 1A or 1B, they will be able to receive the vaccine in Phase 1C if they’re between the ages of 16 and 64. Underlying medical conditions include those which increase serious, life-threatening complications should the individual contract COVID-19.
The challenges of COVID-19 have hit small business owners particularly hard. Luckily, hope is on the horizon. Use the information above to guide you as you plan the future operations of your business and know that help—in the form of an effective vaccine—is on the way.