COVID-19 & Vaccine Update
If you are an essential industry, it is time to start scheduling your employees for vaccinations! Fill out this form if you are interested in scheduling your employees’ vaccinations through the LouVax site at Broadbent Arena. While those 60+ in the 1C category are still being prioritized, you can now start the process of submitting your employee rosters through the Department of Public Health.
As Kentucky gears up for a significant increase in vaccine supply over the next few weeks, more vaccination sites are popping up across the region. We are expecting supply to increase rapidly and will keep you apprised as appointments become available and eligibility changes.
Yesterday, CVS announced it will be opening appointments in three stores in Jefferson and Bourbon Counties. Appointments will be opened on Saturday for as early as Sunday.
Pharmacy chains have opened vaccinations to anyone in the 1C category, including those 16+ with underlying conditions and essential workers. Workers deemed essential and that work in-person can schedule appointments at participating pharmacies including Walgreens, CVS and Walmart.
Click here to view a roundup of vaccination sites and appointments in Greater Louisville.
Keep Workplace Mask Mandates in Effect
The CDC and the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have recommended that workplaces keep mask mandates in place, and continue to retain social distancing practices, even if workers are vaccinated.
Protect Employee Privacy
Current employee privacy and federal medical privacy regulations should allow workers to keep their vaccination status private from supervisors or co-workers. Attorneys have suggested that identifying vaccinated workers by badges or markings could violate federal medical regulations. It is also important to not base job assignments or shifts based on an employee’s vaccination status.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not mandate vaccination and the CDC recognizes medical and religious exemptions that employees may fall under in choosing to deny vaccination.
If your workplace seeks proof of vaccination status from employees, there are limits to the information that can be requested and employers cannot mandate to receive any medical information as part of the proof.
Consider Adjusting Quarantine Policies
The CDC has shared that a quarantine policy when exposed to the COVID-19 virus may be eliminated for vaccinated workers as long as they meet the following criteria:
- Employee is not showing symptoms
- Employee received the second dose at least two weeks ago
- It has not been more than three months since the last dose
If you are considering adjusting your workplace policies and procedures as vaccinated employees are entering your workplace, reach out to a trusted human resources advisor for additional information.