Key Messages for Employees

Communicating about COVID-19 Vaccines

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Updated: October 25, 2021

COVID-19 vaccines can help us get back to the things we love.

Vaccines are free and widely available.

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and they work. 

  1. There are multiple COVID-19 vaccines that have been granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This means the clinical evidence for the vaccines have met the agency's rigorous scientific standards and are considered to be safe and effective. They have been studied in clinical trials with large and diverse groups of people, of various ages, races and ethnicities.
  2. On August 23, 2021, the FDA announced full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for adults ages 16 and older. Full FDA approval takes longer than Emergency Use Authorization because more data needs to be processed and reviewed over a longer period of time. When a product is fully approved by the FDA, patients can be assured that its recommendation is grounded in large amounts of scientific data. 
  3. Vaccines teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19 without having to get sick or put yourself and others at risk of severe illness and death.
  4. Getting vaccinated is a much safer way to build protection than getting the disease. COVID-19 can have serious, long-term or life-threatening complications, and there is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you. And if you get infected, you could spread the disease to friends, family and others around you.
  5. You may have some side effects after getting vaccinated. That’s a normal sign that your body is building protection—and they should go away within a few days. Your arm may be sore or swollen. You may also feel tired, have a headache, fever, or chills. This does not mean you have COVID-19—in fact, it’s not possible to get COVID-19 from vaccines.
  6. Vaccines are being administered by trained health professionals. Some people might be offered a vaccine that requires two doses, given several weeks apart, while other people might be offered a single-dose vaccine. It may take several weeks after vaccination for your body to be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed.
  7. Federal health officials recommend a booster dose for certain populations (based on their age and underlying conditions), and have also made booster shots available to workers whose jobs put them at high risk of exposure to COVID-19. However, the CDC says not all workers in this category will need booster shots. Instead, they are available to those workers if they would like to get one, based on their individual benefits and risks.
  8. As of October 21, 2021, adults can “mix and match” any of the three COVID-19 vaccines for their booster. A booster dose is available to all eligible adults regardless of which vaccine you initially received. For all people who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the CDC is recommending a booster dose (of any COVID-19 vaccine) two months after the initial dose.
  9. The vaccines’ effectiveness against COVID-19 remains high, especially in protecting people against serious illness or death. In fact, boosters show that medical experts are continuing to find ways to prolong protection through vaccines
  10. If you are immunocompromised or have a weakened immune system, CDC recommends that you receive a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to strengthen your protection against Delta. You should speak with your doctor or healthcare provider about whether a third vaccine dose and other precautions are right for you.

Our company’s top priority is the health and safety of our employees, their families and our customers.

It is normal to have questions.  

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