March 22, 2021

Vaccine Resources For The Industrial Metals Sector

As new COVID-19 variants arise and the number of cases increases in Europe, it is becoming increasingly clear that the COVID-19 vaccine is integral to the global economic recovery. Indeed, according to the latest U.S. Chamber of Commerce (USCC)/MetLife Small Business Index, most business owners are eager to get the vaccine and to bring it to their workforces.

The USCC found:

  • Seven out of 10 small business owners say they are likely to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it is made available to them;
  • 54 percent of small businesses say the availability of coronavirus vaccines makes them feel more optimistic about their own business’s future; and
  • 59 percent small businesses predict that, even with the vaccine, it will take six months to a year to get back to normal.

Businesses must take a leadership role in ensuring their employees get the vaccine, and there are many resources to help them do so, including:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance that says employers with large spaces and workforces can set up temporary vaccination sites. The guidance also includes recommendations as to who should get priority for vaccinations.
  • For businesses that have encountered employees who are hesitant about getting a COVID vaccine, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has created a document that provides steps that critical infrastructure owners and operators can take to reduce the risk and encourage vaccine acceptance across their critical sectors’ workforce. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also provides additional resources in its Essential Workers COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit.
  • Finally, click here for a one-pager from the USCC that has helpful tips and tactics that are designed to help employers communicate about vaccines.