Research shows that employer encouragement and paid time off strengthen vaccine uptake. But barriers remain for many working parents who want to vaccinate eligible children for COVID-19 and catch up on routine immunizations that may have been delayed during the pandemic. Getting eligible children vaccinated is even more urgent now that health officials warn the highly transmissible Delta variant is surging across the country.
That’s why the Health Action Alliance – in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics, Business Roundtable, and more than two dozen other national business and public health organizations – is calling on employers across the country to take action to support workers who may need help getting their children vaccinated against COVID-19 and catch up on routine immunizations. Widespread vaccination is needed to protect the health of children, safely reopen schools and help employees get back to work.
Health Action Alliance is leading a new, coordinated effort by employers, business groups and public health organizations to help families vaccinate their children against COVID-19 and catch up on other routine immunizations that may have been delayed during the pandemic. As part of the effort, the groups are calling on businesses across the country to take one or more of the following actions to support employees with children:
As part of this coordinated effort, employers across the country are being invited to share their specific company actions to support employees who want to vaccinate their children against COVID-19 and catch up on other routine immunizations. Companies that choose to participate will receive the following benefits:
We are encouraging all participating companies to activate their commitments before and during National Immunization Awareness Month in August. Participating companies will be invited to recommit to these efforts once younger children become eligible for COVID-19 vaccines later in 2021 or 2022.
As part of this effort, Health Action Alliance and its partners invite companies to share their specific actions to support families, which will be featured in a digital, social and earned media campaign to drive awareness and inspire action across the private sector. Companies will receive an Employer Toolkit with sample policies, employee fact sheets and Q&A, social media tools, downloadable posters, educational videos and other assets to help them activate their commitment. The effort will be announced in July 19 and timed to help companies activate during National Immunization Awareness Month in August and before the school year begins.