The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. This below information is what we as an organization have found useful.
New information has come out through this website: Vaccine Information :: Washington State Department of Health.
Please review the website for information for yourself, as any information we provide is an interpretation and was reviewed mid December and may change.
Information we found included that vaccines will first be distributed to those in the Phase 1A group. If you are working with patients/clients within 6 feet, and can’t provide telehealth, it appears you would be included in this initial group. One suggestion is to have employers write a letter for the workers 1a eligibility status so the vaccine administration site doesn’t have to have the burden to prioritize.
Employers can help prepare for vaccine distribution by:
1. Thinking about your employees: How many will be in each priority group? Where can employees get vaccinated? How will you help communicate that information to them? Will you provide time off to get vaccinated?
2. Enrolling as a vaccine provider if you are eligible. More information about eligibility and how to enroll can be found here.
3. Amplifying and sharing information from DOH about the vaccine.
4. Encouraging your employees to get a flu shot to reduce stress on the healthcare system. Communications tools for employers are available here.