The Missouri Chamber of Commerce updated their Return to Work guide to include the latest CDC guidance on workplace COVID-19 policy regarding fully vaccinated employees.
In addition to the obvious health and safety benefits of the vaccine, there are several subsequent reasons for Missourians to roll up their sleeves.
The CDC advises that fully vaccinated people can:
· Resume activities without wearing masks or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state or local laws or business/organization policy.
· Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.
· Refrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States.
· Refrain from testing following a known exposure, if asymptomatic, with some exceptions for specific settings.
· Refrain from quarantine following a known exposure if asymptomatic.
· Refrain from routine screening testing if feasible.
Webinar Key Takeaways: Grocery workers were among the frontline workers named as priority recipients of the COVID-19 vaccine in many parts of the country. With vaccine rollouts proceeding and shots now widely available, have all your associates been vaccinated? Do they have questions about the vaccine? Are they still hesitant to get their shots? Do grocers with pharmacies have all the facts they need for administering the vaccine to customers as well as their store teams?
NGA recently hosted a webinar, led by Dr. Anasua Bhattacharya from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that reviewed key facts about COVID-19 vaccinations; what to expect before, during and after vaccination; collaboration between CDC and FEMA; the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program; and factors that influence decisions about vaccination.
210 Analytics has been analyzing IRI sales findings, made possible by IDDBA, to help understand how dairy, deli and bakery sales are developing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. March 2020 experienced the biggest spikes in the history of grocery retailing as the nation bought supplies to fill their freezers, fridges and pantries in preparation for shelter in place. Read more here.
This morning, President Joe Biden tweeted that all American adults are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, urging them to schedule an appointment soon to protect themselves and their families.
Click the links below for resources to help you and your associates find a COVID-19 vaccine and share information about the safety of vaccines.
1. How Do I Find a COVID-19 Vaccine? (Vaccine Finder)
2. Different COVID-19 Vaccines
3. Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine
4. COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Specific Groups
5. How COVID-19 Vaccines Get to You
6. Essential Workers COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit
· How to Promote Vaccination in your Organizations
· Materials for Communicating with Your Employees
Letter to your employees: Customize this letter about COVID-19 vaccination to send to your staff.
· Digital and Print Communication Resources
On February 25th, Governor Mike Parson announced that Phase 1B - Tier 3 of the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Plan will be activated on Monday, March 15, 2021.
“Missouri has had a vaccine plan since October, and this has not changed. We have been very disciplined in following our plan,” Governor Parson said. “With vaccine supply steadily increasing, we believe we are in a good position to activate Phase 1B - Tier 3, which will make approximately 550,000 more Missourians eligible to receive a vaccine.”
Beginning March 15, Missourians in Phase 1B - Tier 3 will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. This includes those who keep the essential functions of society running, including K-12 educators and school employees; child care providers; grocery store employees; and energy, food, agriculture, and other critical infrastructure workers, among others.
During today's press briefing at the State Capitol, Governor Mike Parson announced that Phase 1B - Tier 3 of the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Plan will be activated on Monday, March 15, 2021.
With the activation of Phase 1B - Tier 3, approximately 550,000 more Missourians will be eligible for the vaccine. For the full list of categories included in Phase 1B - Tier 3, click here. Missourians in Phase 1A and Phase 1B - Tier 1 and Tier 2 will also remain eligible.
Currently, the state estimates that there are approximately 800,000 Missourians who are eligible and interested in getting vaccinated. By March 15, the state expects this number to decrease to approximately 400,000.
Activating Phase 1B - Tier 3 on March 15 will help ensure that there is a steady population of people who are eligible and interested in receiving a vaccine. This will allow vaccinators across the state to continue vaccinating Missourians without delays due to those who are eligible but not seeking a vaccine.
“While supply is still limited, we are expecting slow and steady increases, and activating Tier 3 on March 15 will allow us to continue making progress as supply expands,” Governor Parson said. “If vaccine supply continues to increase, and if we continue to make the progress we’ve been seeing, we believe that we will be ready to activate Phase 2 within 45 days of March 15.”
Also during today’s briefing, Governor Parson provided an update on COVID-19 data and vaccine progress. As of February 24, approximately 12 percent of Missouri’s population has received at least one dose of the vaccine. Over 350,000 Missourians have been fully vaccinated with both doses.
This week, Missouri was allotted more than 120,000 initial doses of the Modena and Pfizer vaccine for distribution across the state. Next week, Missouri has been allotted more than 128,500 initial doses. This allotment could increase if the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is granted an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is expected to happen by the end of this week.
Once the Johnson and Johnson vaccine is granted an EUA, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) will consider the recommendations from the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). After DHSS reviews that data and confirms the safety and efficacy of the vaccine, the appropriate standing order will be issued to ensure the vaccine can be immediately administered once shipments arrive in Missouri.
Additionally, more than 233,600 vaccine doses have been shipped to CVS and Walgreens through the Federal Pharmacy Partnership, and 38,990 doses have been shipped to Walmart, Healthmart, and Hy-Vee locations through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.
The Federal Pharmacy Partnership with CVS and Walgreens will continue through April. More than 87,000 residents and 50,900 staff at long-term care facilities have accepted vaccinations through clinics held by CVS and Walgreens.
FDA has published a new webpage to share information and resources to help employers communicate about COVID-19 vaccines to their employees. The page has information about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines and a link to a CDC toolkit designed for essential employers.
Click here to learn more.
The Food and Drug Administration’s staff endorsed Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use, a critical step in bringing a third shot to the U.S. marketplace.
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A Missouri Senate committee has taken an important first step toward stopping opportunistic lawsuits against Missouri employers.
The Senate Judiciary Committee has passed legislation to stop frivolous lawsuits alleging COVID-19 exposure.
The vote moves this much-needed legislation forward. In the wake of the pandemic, it is anticipated that a wave of COVID-19 lawsuits will be filed against Missouri employers. Many states have acted to protect employers from these lawsuits. However, Missouri businesses remain completely exposed.
Four Senate committee members have taken the lead on addressing this issue by voting in favor of this legislation: The four senators who voted to move this legislation forward are: Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer, Sen. Bob Onder, Sen. Holly Rehder and Sen. Bill White.
Above is the order of phases in which Missouri will be administering the covid-19 vaccine. Grocery industry workers will fall under the food and agriculture workers category which is classified under Essential Workers within Phase 1B.
As of today, January 14th, more than 190,400 vaccines have been administered to frontline health care workers and nursing home residents and staff according to Phase 1A of Missouri's Vaccination Plan. There are over 450,000 Missourians included in Phase 1A, which will take several weeks to complete. State and local governments and health care partners are administering vaccines to those recipients as efficiently as possible. Currently, 285 facilities across the state are approved to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to Phase 1A eligible recipients within their facility. More than 700 additional facilities are expected to be approved within the coming days and weeks. Vaccinators have been approved in all geographic regions of Missouri, and more will continue to be brought onboard to ensure vaccines are distributed equitably and efficiently.
Today, Governor Mike Parson announced the activation of Phase 1B - Tier 1 of Missouri’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan. The activation of Phase 1B - Tier 1 reflects the guidance the state has received from federal partners as well as information gathered from stakeholders across the state. Phase 1B - Tier 1 is activated today, and Phase 1B - Tier 2 will be activated on Monday, January 18. Tier 1 of Phase 1B focuses on protecting those who keep Missourians safe, including law enforcement, fire service, and public health professionals, among others. Tier 2 of Phase 1B focuses on protecting those who are at increased risk for severe illness, including individuals aged 65 and older and any adult with cancer, chronic kidney disease, COPD, or intellectual and/or developmental disabilities such as Down Syndrome, heart conditions, a weakened immune system due to organ transplant, severe obesity, pregnancy, sickle cell disease, or Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. More information on Phase 1B - Tier - 3 will be available in the next couple weeks. You can see Governor Parson's full press release here.
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