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February 2, 2021
Apex Benefits delivered factual COVID-19 vaccine information to more than 300 registrants during its COVID-19 Vaccinations in the Workplace webinar on Thursday, January 28.
The goal of the webinar was to help employers implement effective vaccine rollout strategies in their organizations as the vaccine becomes more available.
Pre-webinar survey results found that 7 out of 10 respondents planned to get vaccinated when it became available to them; however, only 3 out of 10 organizations currently have a plan in place or are in the process of developing a vaccination strategy for the entire organization.
Six experts featured as panelists for the webinar, including guest panelists Dr. Ben Park, CEO of American Health Network and VP of Optum, and Terry Layman, M.D., senior vice president and corporate medical director at Marathon Health.
Apex experts who joined as panelists were:
- Apex Pharmacy Benefit Practice Leader Erin Albert, PharmD
- Apex VP of Client Engagement Amber Chittenden
- Apex Director of Kinetiq Health Sarah Michaels, RN
- Apex HR Consultant, Associate Counsel and DE&I Officer Brooke Salazar, JD,
Dr. Ben Park
Dr. Park started off the webinar by delivering key facts about the COVID-19 vaccines, including answering the hot-button question of, “Is the vaccine safe and effective?”
“They’re incredibly effective,” Dr. Park said. “There are no live viral particles used in this vaccine.”
Dr. Park broke down the science behind messenger RNA (mRNA) and how that technology was applied to create the COVID-19 vaccines. He also detailed what the vaccine does inside your body and how it creates the antibodies your body needs to fight the COVID-19 virus.
Erin Albert, PharmD
Albert detailed the stages a vaccine goes through in a clinical trial, and how the COVID-19 vaccines were able to move quickly through trials to distribution.
She also discussed slight differences between the two vaccines currently approved for use – the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, and what to expect after receiving the vaccine. In a recent update, Albert also shared how the current vaccinations are believed to be effective against the variants that have appeared across the globe.
Terry Layman, M.D.
Dr. Layman discussed mental health regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and how having a more positive attitude toward getting the vaccination could actually improve the efficacy of the vaccine.
Layman also discussed how the vaccines have been rolled out through the federal government and where the vaccine is being distributed. He detailed the distribution schedule and pros and cons of mandating the vaccine in a workplace.
Sarah Michaels, RN
Michaels delivered Indiana-specific updates about the COVID-19 cases and vaccinations data. Most was good news as Indiana has decreased the number of hospitalizations in the last month, which puts less strain on healthcare staff.
Michaels said at the time of the webinar, nearly 500,000 Hoosiers had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination.
She also went into detail about how to sign up for a shot, and what to expect when you go to get your vaccine.
Brooke Salazar, JD
Salazar detailed the legal aspects of vaccines in the workplace, especially if an employer can mandate its employees get vaccinated.
Salazar also gave guidance that employers should be aware about, such as hourly employees needing to get the vaccine during working hours. Because of potential side effects, some employees may need to take a day off.
Chittenden provided the insurance side of the vaccine, specifically what providers are doing.
The biggest takeaway from Chittenden’s presentation was the COVID-19 vaccine will be free of charge, however there could be a possibility of administration fees.
To watch the webinar in its entirety, visit the COVID-19 Vaccinations in the Workplace landing page. On the page as well, register for the Vaccination Strategy Workbook which provides guidance on how to implement a successful rollout strategy for your organization.