Amazon is hosting pop-up vaccine clinics at their Seattle headquarters and has offered vaccine distribution support to the Biden administration.
Why It Matters: Partnering with Virginia Mason, a Washington-based health care provider, Amazon has transformed its Meeting Center into a large vaccination site for people over age 65, or those over age 50 who live in multigenerational households.
The Bottom Line: Amazon is helping local community partners meet a critical need and expanding access to safe vaccination for people who live in Seattle.
This month, CVS began administering vaccines in 18 states and Puerto Rico as part of state programs and the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.
Why It Matters: CVS makes vaccination accessible and convenient, especially in medically under-resourced areas, improving access in Black and Hispanic communities. With its team of more than 90,000 healthcare professionals, CVS is poised to administer 20-25 million vaccinations a month across 10,000 retail locations, once supply is available.
The Bottom Line: Reaching communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 will be crucial to slowing the spread and ending the pandemic. CVS and other trusted pharmacy chains will play an important role expanding access to vaccines, especially for populations hit hardest by COVID-19.
Cisco has awarded over $1 million to fund innovative research focused on addressing the many technology challenges brought on by the pandemic.
Why It Matters: Cisco has funded research on technology solutions to mitigate the impact of the disease, from predictive analytics, to innovative life-saving devices, to rapid disease-detecting technology.
The Bottom Line: By funding these studies and cultivating strong partnerships between scientists, technologists, and the broader community, Cisco is working to accelerate research outcomes, improve how technology shapes our response to pandemics, and help break the panic-then-forget cycle in order to build a resilient post COVID-19 world.
Comcast NBCUniversal has launched Plan Your Vaccine, a nationwide awareness campaign with a website and interactive tool to help Americans learn when and where they can receive COVID-19 vaccines.
Why It Matters: Comcast NBCUniversal is well positioned to reach millions of Americans with real-time, easily accessible information. NBC News and Noticias Telemundo will serve as primary partners, with the site available in English, Spanish, and Mandarin.
The Bottom Line: Many Americans are struggling to figure out when and where they might be able to get vaccinated for COVID-19. Comcast NBCUniversal can reach millions of Americans with this timely information.
JP Morgan Chase & Co is working with Lyft, Anthem and United Way to provide 60 million free rides to vaccination locations.
Why It Matters: Access to reliable transportation is a barrier to receiving health care for millions of Americans each year, especially senior citizens and people in low income communities.
The Bottom Line: Mobilizing a coalition of partners to transport those who need a ride to and from vaccination sites the most will increase vaccine use, and will be a critical component to curbing community spread in the hardest hit areas.
Kaiser Permanente provides businesses guidance about health considerations for returning to the workplace in “Planning for the Next Normal at Work” playbook.
Why it matters: As COVID-19 restrictions continue to shift, business leaders are managing evolving health concerns and regulations to regain productivity and prevent a resurgence of the virus. Major operational changes may be needed to maintain a safe and healthy workforce and meet public health guidelines. This playbook provides useful tools for business leaders and their partner unions to make their workplaces as safe as possible and effectively support employees.
The Bottom Line: Kaiser Permanente’s detailed guide provides trusted, expert-informed recommendations to help businesses manage their workplaces in a way that best safeguards the health of their employees.
Sodexo has launched #GetTheFacts, a campaign to share educational information about COVID-19 vaccines with their employees to help them make informed choices.
Why it Matters: Employers are one of the most trusted sources of information and sharing educational information directly with employees is a critical way to reach large numbers of people with essential information from a reliable source.
The Bottom Line: Employee education campaigns are a powerful way to reach people and boost vaccination trust and acceptance.
Starbucks is partnering with state officials, public health agencies, and other corporations in Washington State to support accelerated, safe and equitable vaccine administration for communities across Washington.
Why It Matters: Using Starbucks Tryer Center, a 20,000-square-foot innovation lab on the bottom floor of its Seattle headquarters, the Starbucks team is developing different models for vaccination centers, as part of a public-private partnership in Washington State, that can be standardized and reproduced across the state.
The Bottom Line: Starbucks serves 100 million customers a week in 30,000 stores around the world. The company is leveraging its expertise in operational efficiency, scalable modeling and human-centered design to optimize an accelerated, safe and equitable vaccination process for all communities.
Uber is pledging 10 million free or discounted rides to help ensure that those most in need can get to and from vaccination appointments.
Why It Matters: Uber is building this program in partnership with the National Urban League, the Morehouse School of Medicine and the National Action Network, organizations with deep ties to the communities of color that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.
The Bottom Line: Offering free or discounted rides helps make sure that transportation is not a barrier to getting the vaccine.
Utz worked with the Pennsylvania Department of Health to conduct an on-site vaccine clinic for employees at a manufacturing facility in the company's home city of Hanover, Pennsylvania.
Why it matters: Utz wanted to minimize friction in facilitating vaccine access for its essential employees who work in manufacturing facilities. By contacting the Department of Health early and distributing surveys and COVID-19 vaccine educational materials in-person, the company was able to decrease hesitancy among employees so that when doctors arrived at Utz facilities to conduct the first on-site vaccine clinic, there was ample desire to get shots within previously-hesitant communities.
The Bottom Line: Removing barriers to access and meeting employees where they are in order to answer questions and provide resources is crucial in making sure that as many people as possible—particularly essential workers—are vaccinated against COVID-19.
Walgreens is administering COVID-19 vaccines at 1,800 locations across 15 states and jurisdictions as part of the CDC’s Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. The company is also partnering with Uber to provide free rides to vaccine appointments to people who live in under-resourced parts of major cities, including Atlanta and Chicago.
Why It Matters: Walgreens makes vaccination accessible and convenient, especially in Black and Hispanic communities where COVID-19 rates and deaths have been disproportionately higher.
The Bottom Line: To date, the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines has been slow and inconvenient for many Americans, especially those in under-resourced communities. Walgreens and other pharmacy chains are stepping up to increase access to vaccines and reduce barriers to vaccination
Walmart is preparing 5,000 Walmart and Sam’s Club locations to administer vaccines, many in rural areas where access to health care is limited. Additionally, the company is investing in vaccine education so customers and employees feel confident receiving vaccines.
Why It Matters: Walmart has space for large-scale vaccination and has focused on addressing vaccine hesitancy head-on. Sharing up-to-date and accurate information from the CDC enables the company to be at the forefront of educating the public about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.
The Bottom Line: Walmart is using the CDC’s Social Vulnerability Index, which examines negative health effects on vulnerable communities. This information is helpful in determining where to focus resources and education.