According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly three out of four have had at least one dose of the vaccine the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, only over 35% of Americans have received their booster shot.
After the Omicron variant firstly was discovered in the US, the country faced an unprecedented surge in new coronavirus cases.
Even though this variant generally leads to less severe infections, the sheer numbers of those sick with the virus are starting to overwhelm hospitals. In addition, companies have to deal with unexpected staff shortages as more employees become infected.
Vaccinations remain our best defense against the virus. However, it is time for employers in general and their HR teams specifically to look for alternatives to prevent disease transmission in the workplace.
Despite reassurance from government agencies and even President Joe Biden himself, vaccine hesitancy remains relatively high. Some states have been offering incentives to convince residents to become vaccinated. Employers have organized vaccination drives and agreed to offer paid time off for staff wanting to be vaccinated, but some employees continue to be skeptical.
Both the delta and omicron variants show to infect even fully vaccinated individuals. Granted, the infected person may be experiencing very few or no symptoms at all, but they can still infect others.
In September 2021, the Biden administration announced its vaccine mandate for private businesses with more than 100 employees and federal organizations and contractors. The announcement had barely finished when legal challenges were launched.
The Sixth Circuit Court recently reinstated the mandate and the associated emergency temporary standards (ETS) the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) created for its enforcement. However, under the provisions, employees of private businesses can opt against vaccination and for weekly testing instead.
For those reasons, employers need to expand their approach. Vaccine verification has been a practical first step in complying with the vaccine mandate, but it is no longer enough.
Businesses covered by the vaccine mandate need to ensure that employees who are not yet fully vaccinated agree to weekly COVID-19 testing from early February. In addition, anyone who is not vaccinated needs to wear a face-covering when indoors.
Testing is a critical strategy in the fight against the virus. It allows employers and HR teams to identify anyone who carries the virus but may not show symptoms. The goal is to prevent the spread of the virus and avoid damaging the economy even further through preventable staff shortages.
By keeping those employees away from the workplace until they are testing negative, you are helping to limit transmission and keeping the rest of the team safe. By extension, you are also protecting the infected person’s family and loved ones: knowing that someone from your family has an infection allows them to take precautions and protect others.
Convincing Americans to test themselves for Covid-19 has been an uphill struggle. Most of the hesitancy in this respect is related to the cost of tests, which can range from $20 to $40. In December 2021, the Biden administration ordered private insurers to reimburse those who purchased self-tests, making testing more accessible.
However, relying on staff testing themselves at home is not the best strategy for employers to ensure their teams’ safety. After all, it is easy to miss one day when you have a busy family life and are not experiencing any symptoms.
Instead, facilitating mass testing in the workplace allows you to confirm anyone who is not fully vaccinated has been tested. We offer both PCR and antibody tests to give you peace of mind.
Partnering with a reliable provider like TrueCare™ means that qualified and licensed medical professionals take care of the organization, supplies, and logistics.
Health & Wellness platform powered by TrueCare™ offers businesses and organizations of any size 360-degree COVID-19 prevention solution including regular PCR and antigen testing onsite and at-home.
If you are concerned about breakthrough infections in vaccinated team members, you can also offer weekly testing to them. Plus, with the help of our convenient, cloud-based platform, it is easy to track who has been tested and what their results were. That means you are automatically compliant with OSHA regulations.
We understand that each organization’s requirements are different.
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