COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

COVID-19 continues to create significant health and economic challenges, but hope is on the horizon as vaccinations are being administered. As we enter this next phase in the COVID-19 recovery and eradication, employers are looking for best practices to manage the vaccination rollout. From employee communications and segmentation to administration of the vaccines, getting shots into arms is multi-faceted and brings numerous challenges.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has been working with the private sector to gather insights and best practices as companies navigate next steps. You can use this tracker to find the latest information on how companies are contributing to the nationwide vaccination efforts, and educating their employees and communities for a successful rollout.

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Abbott

Abbott Labs announced that it is making its BinaxNOW Covid-19 rapid antigen test available to schools, universities, pharmacies and workplaces that require frequent and affordable testing. The company is also sharing its testing blueprint with customers interested in learning the model it has used to get its workforce back to its facilities and maintain their health safety.

AbbVie

In an effort to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the City of North Chicago is opening a free temporary vaccine administration clinic at the Greenbelt Cultural Center. The clinic will initially serve an estimated 1,700 North Chicago residents age 65 and over. The temporary facility will be able to serve approximately 150 people per day beginning on February 15 and operate for two months. The clinic is sponsored by AbbVie, a research-based global biopharmaceutical company, with a long-standing commitment to North Chicago...

AirBnB

The vacation rental company offered to identify homes that could be used as vaccine distribution sites in communities with limited access to health care facilities as rollout efforts continue nationwide. Airbnb is partnering with various domestic INGOs to cover the cost of housing for relief workers who are deployed for COVID-19 support such as testing & vaccine rollout.

Albertsons

Albertsons employs 11,000 pharmacists and pharmacy technicians and is gearing up to hire hundreds more to help the vaccine effort. As of Jan. 26, Albertsons had administered over 200,000 doses.

ALDI

Aldi will offer employees two hours of pay for each dose of the two-part Covid-19 vaccine (four hours of total pay). Aldi will cover costs associated with vaccine administration and implement on-site vaccination clinics at its warehouse and office locations.

Amazon

Amazon is helping vaccinate thousands of people through pop-up clinics in Washington State and Florida. Amazon is lending support to President Joe Biden’s administration in its effort to vaccinate 100 million people in the first 100 days of his presidency. Amazon is advocating for COVID-19 vaccinations for their front-line employees, including team members working in fulfillment and data centers, and at Whole Foods Market stores. Amazon quickly ramped-up onsite COVID-19 testing for employees thanks to the ingenuity of their fast-moving response team...

American Airlines

American Airlines plans to offer COVID-19 vaccines to its employees at medical clinics at its hub airports once they are available, with inoculation for Chicago-based employees possible as soon as next month. American Airlines is not requiring the vaccine for employees but is working on a plan with local health authorities and its medical partner Premise, which has filed the necessary paperwork to get access to the vaccine as soon as possible.

AmerisourceBergen Corporation

AmerisourceBergen is working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to serve as a network administrator which allows the company to place COVID-19 vaccine orders with the CDC on behalf of an initial set of eligible and qualified Good Neighbor Pharmacy and Elevate Provider Network members across select states and jurisdictions as part of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. Because AmerisourceBergen has a seat at the table, the Good Neighbor Pharmacy Network was selected to provide support in select jurisdictions early because of our pharmacies’ ability...

Amgen

To ensure an uninterrupted supply of Amgen medicines for patients around the world, the company has made the health and safety of its staff a top priority throughout the pandemic. Amgen is encouraging all staff to get a COVID-19 vaccine when it's their turn, according to availability in each country or region where staff are located. To drive education and awareness among staff about vaccine safety and COVID-19 prevention, the company has created an internal resource center, along with multimedia communications initiatives. In addition...

Amtrak - COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

Amtrak is giving the equivalent of two hours of pay to employees who get vaccinated. The company is also offering paid time off for workers to get vaccinated during work hours and will excuse absences due to any side effects.

Anheuser-Busch

Budweiser will not be running a commercial during the Super Bowl for the first time in 37 years. Instead, the Anheuser-Busch InBev beer will use the marketing dollars to support Covid-19 vaccine awareness and access. The beer brand also plans to donate a percentage of its advertising airtime for 2021 to the Ad Council and Covid Collaborative’s Vaccine Education Initiative. Budweiser will support its efforts with additional campaigns throughout the year.

Ardent Mills

Ardent Mills will not require team members to be vaccinated as a condition of employment, but will strongly encourage vaccination through coordinated internal communications. We will also offer incentives, including up to two hours of paid time off, so our team members do not have to choose between earning income and getting vaccinated.

Arizona Sports & Tourism Authority

Arizona is planning to use State Farm Stadium as a massive COVID-19 vaccination center following a rollout of vaccinations statewide. The 63,400 seat stadium will open on Monday, January 11 with plans to remain open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with the capacity to vaccinate 6,000 Arizonans a day. State Farm Stadium is owned by the Arizona Sports & Tourism Authority (AZSTA) and operated by ASM Global.

AT&T

AT&T is strongly encouraging vaccination and providing up to four hours’ paid time off per dose to allow employees to receive the vaccine. The cost of the vaccine will be covered by AT&T’s medical plans. The company has also established a notification system that will alert them when vaccinations become available on a priority basis in their area. Additionally, the company has established an internal resource center to educate employees, including hosting video conversations between the CEO and medical professionals on the development, distribution and efficacy of the vaccine...

Atlas Senior Living

A senior living company based in Birmingham is hoping to help stop the spread of the coronavirus by announcing its COVID-19 vaccination incentive program for all of its employees, a bonus that is measured at about $1.1 million dollars. The program will be offered to every full-time and part-time employee in each community that is owned or managed by Atlas with locations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Tennessee in addition to its corporate office in Birmingham...

Auto Zone

AutoZone employees who complete their COVID-19 vaccinations will receive $100 from the company.

Bayer

Bayer has signed a collaboration and services agreement with CureVac N.V., a biopharmaceutical company developing a new class of transformative medicines based on messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA). Under the terms of the agreement, Bayer will support the further development, supply and key territory operations of CureVac´s COVID-19 vaccine candidate CVnCoV. To this end, Bayer will contribute its expertise and established infrastructure in areas such as clinical operations, regulatory affairs, pharmacovigilance, medical information, supply chain performance...

BD

BD announced that it has received pandemic orders for needles and syringes totaling more than 1 billion injection devices to support global COVID-19 vaccination planning efforts. In addition to supporting immediate efforts for COVID-19 vaccination readiness, BD is also working on multiple fronts to help ensure the global community is prepared for future pandemic vaccination efforts by: - Partnering with the U.S. government on a $70 million capital project to further expand BD's operations and manufacturing capacity in Nebraska...

Best Buy

Best Buy is offering paid time off for any employee who gets a COVID-19 vaccination, as well as additional sick time if side effects from getting vaccinated. Best Buy is not requiring employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but strongly encourages them to consider doing so for their safety and the safety of loved ones and co-workers.  Best Buy will also be paying all U.S. hourly employees a one-time bonus for the incredible work they’ve performed during this past year of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Booz Allen Hamilton

Booz Allen is providing some pro bono consulting support related to workforce planning for vaccine distribution. The company has also provided charitable support for a vaccine supercenter in San Diego.

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