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 the 28 million newly eligible children vaccinated is urgent to protect them and prevent the rise of new transmissible variants.
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 continuing to call on employers across the country to take action. Employers are encouraged 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, keep schools safely open and help employees get back to work.
In July 2021, the Health Action Alliance (HAA) launched a 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. HAA continues to lead this effort with more than two dozen business and public health partners calling on employers 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:
As part of this effort, the Health Action Alliance and its partners invite companies to share their specific actions to support families, which may 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, educational videos and other assets to help them activate their commitment.