Mar 8, 2021 - Health

Employers are administering COVID vaccines at work

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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.

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