Employers are administering COVID vaccines at work
Some large employers are receiving permission from public health officials to vaccinate their employees at work, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Why it matters: This could remove barriers to getting the vaccine for some workers in high-risk industries. But it also increases the competition for shots while they're still scarce.
Details: Pharmaceutical companies, meatpackers and airlines are among the employers that have received the go-ahead to administer vaccines.
- These employer-run vaccination sites rely on state and local public health authorities to allocate them doses, and employers usually have to register with public-health programs.
Between the lines: Workplace vaccination could help target shots to the most at-risk workers. It also gets rid of transit and time-off issues for employees.
- But not all companies will apply for doses, or receive permission to administer them, setting up potential inequities.
What they're saying: "Employers have found this is the best way to get your population back to work as safely as possible," Tobias Barker, chief medical officer at Everside Health — which helps employers with vaccination events and record-keeping — told WSJ.