Vaccination incentives are part of the United States government’s ‘National Month of Action’ this June. Announced by President Biden earlier this month, the goal of the incentives is to vaccinate at least 70 percent of adult Americans once by July 4.
At the moment, figures from the Center for Disease Control (CDC)’s vaccine tracker show that just over 65 percent of the total population have had at least one dose of one of the approved COVID-19 vaccines.
No doubt, the United States is doing well when it comes to vaccinations, but room for improvement remains.
For the first time in months, the supply of the COVID-19 vaccine is outstripping demand. Vaccination rates have slowed down, putting herd immunity in jeopardy. Herd immunity is achieved when a majority of people have been vaccinated, making it less likely for a virus to spread.
Vaccine hesitancy can take many forms. Whilst there is a small percentage of the population who is fiercely opposed to receiving any vaccine, others have simply not been able to find the time.
Finding the time to get the vaccine is often related to practical life circumstances. This is where the government’s current vaccine incentives come in. Offering a sweetener to entice people to become vaccinated is not new. In fact, Krispy Kreme took the lead in March by offering free donuts to anyone who could prove their vaccination.
Several states have followed suit, offering savings bonds, cash incentives, or a free beer. The New York Yankees and Mets are offering free tickets to anyone choosing to get vaccinated at the ballpark before a game.
The government’s current campaign stretches further. It reaches beyond individual states to includes the country’s largest childcare providers, businesses, and faith-based communities. Much of the effort is aimed at making it easier for individuals to make appointments for vaccination and recover from potential side effects.
Under the scheme, parents will be eligible for free childcare whilst they attend their vaccination appointment. They can also receive further childcare support if they experience side effects and need to recuperate.
Availability of appointments has been another problem in some communities. For those who work fewer flexible hours, attending vaccination appointments at pharmacies can be difficult. To allow more of those adults’ access to COVID-19 vaccinations, several nationwide pharmacy chains will extend their opening hours on Fridays throughout June.
Incentives stretch further than that. The CDC has even dedicated a website to them, detailing sweepstakes and offers public and private.
COVID-19 vaccinations have progressed more slowly in southern states, which is why President Biden is targeting those specifically. The goal is to answer questions about the vaccination and reassure those members of the public who have doubts about safety and efficiency.
Part of the National Month of Action is to highlight the safety and importance of the COVID-19 vaccines. Whilst they were developed and approved quickly, the process followed strict standards set by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This means the vaccines are safe.
Some side effects are normal. In fact, they are a sign that the vaccination is working and has triggered an immune response. The scientists who developed them were first in line to be vaccinated. Medical professionals were next as they remain on the frontline in the fight against the pandemic.
Getting the coronavirus vaccine will protect you from serious illness. COVID-19 can take a serious toll on an individual’s long-term health.
Becoming vaccinated has also been tied to getting back to a more normal life. The CDC has advised that vaccinated adults could travel more safely, stop wearing masks when outdoors, and attending private gatherings. Vaccine passports have been considered by the United States as well as other countries but seem to be impractical so far.
Taking the COVID-19 vaccine is about more than individual freedoms, however. It is about protecting friends and family, as well as your work colleagues. Herd immunity does not have a clear-cut definition, and it can vary for individual viruses. Generally speaking, herd immunity is achieved when between 50 and 90 percent of a population are immune against a disease. In the United States, the 50 percent threshold has been crossed, but President Biden’s goal of 70 percent will put all of us in a better place.
TrueCare™ is well placed to support any business looking to immunize their team. By bringing the vaccine, the professionals, and the logistics to your location we make vaccination convenient. Your team does not need to worry about rushing to appointments or missing them. At the same time, you have the peace of mind to know that all FDA recommendations will be adhered to. Your workplace will be safer.
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