By Terri Jo Neff
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is providing tips to employers in an effort to use the fact that businesses in many communities are often seen as “trusted sources of information” who can persuade employees and customers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
“This is especially important right now given the state of the pandemic and the hesitation some people have about receiving one of the approved COVID-19 vaccines,” according to the chamber’s website. “Vaccination is a personal decision, so it’s logical that when employers show a personal willingness to be vaccinated, they are more likely to increase the willingness of their employees—across all demographic groups – to follow their lead and get the shot.”
The website also provides links for employers on how to talk to employees about getting vaccinated, and provides information on business-sponsored “get vaccinated” events.
Through its website, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has highlighted the efforts of dozens of national employers who promote vaccine events and are encouraging vaccinations for their employees. The foundation is also sponsoring free events for employers, business owners, and community leaders.
On May 27, the Chamber is sponsoring a free broadcast with CDC Director Rochelle Walensky about the current state of the pandemic, where things stand with vaccination efforts, what to expect short term, and what businesses should do to prepare for the next phase.