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Coronavirus support for you and your employees

COVID-19’s impact extends far beyond public health. Businesses across the country have had their foundations tested. They’ve had to make difficult choices about how to sustain their operations and right-size their workforces. Thankfully, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Safe and effective vaccines offer health and hope to your employees — and economic recovery for your business.

COVID-19 news in brief

  • Booster shots – On September 24, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that a Pfizer booster dose should be administered at least six months after completion of the Pfizer primary series for:
    • People 65 or older
    • Long term care facility residents
    • People 50 through 64 with underlying medical conditions

    The CDC advised that the Pfizer booster may be administered at least six months after completion of the primary Pfizer series for:

    • People 18 through 49 with underlying medical conditions based on individual benefit and risk
    • People 18 through 64 who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting

    At this time, boosters are only approved for individuals who received the Pfizer vaccine. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine boosters have not yet been approved by the FDA.

    We will provide appointment information as it becomes available. Kaiser Permanente members do not need to call us or email their doctor.

    Visit the FDA. external link or CDC. external link websites for more booster shot news and updates.

  • Vaccinating people age 12 and older — Kaiser Permanente is currently vaccinating people 12 and older.

COVID-19 vaccine information for employers

COVID-19 vaccination: The basics

COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and now available to everyone 12 and older. This video includes information on how to prepare for vaccination and what to expect.

Planning for the Next Normal in the Workplace

To support your employees — and prepare for changes to your businesses’ working environment and infrastructure — use our Planning for the Next Normal playbook as your guide. This no-cost resource helps you:

  • Update workplace safety plans, HR policies, and more
  • Develop a return-to-work policy and handle COVID-19 workplace scenarios
  • Build a resilient workforce with self-care tools and clinical resources
  • Support the social and economic needs of your employees
  • Stay connected to regulatory and legislative guildance

Leaves of absence related to COVID-19
Find information to help you understand how to help your employees get documentation for different COVID-19-related medical scenarios, including leave of absence and return to work. Download the PDF >

Easing stress and anxiety

Kaiser Permanente members can access a range of tools to support mental health and wellness, including popular wellness apps, Calm and myStrength. external link.1 Calm offers guided meditations, sleep stories, mindful movement videos, and more to help lower stress, reduce anxiety, and improve sleep. myStrength offers personalized programs for mental health and emotional wellness, including modules to help employees cope with anxiety about COVID-19. Both apps are available at no cost to our adult members.

See our Wellness Resources. external link for more self-care tools, tips, and activities — including many that your employees can access even if they’re not members.

We also have articles. external link to help your employees:

And for employers, we offer:

Accessing care safely

Protecting the health of your employees is always our top priority. We’re using our convenient telehealth services to help ensure your employees get the care they need. Kaiser Permanente members have access to:

  • Phone and video appointments2
  • E-visits — now available in all Kaiser Permanente service areas
  • 24/7 care advice by phone from licensed care team members
  • Online prescription refills delivered by mail at no cost3
  • Email the doctor’s office with nonurgent questions

At Kaiser Permanente, telehealth care isn’t an extra or an add-on. It’s a core piece of our connected care model. Your employees can get the same great care they’d get in person — care that’s provided by Kaiser Permanente doctors, connected to their electronic health record, and covered by your company’s health plan.

For more tools and tips to help you and your employees during these challenging times, visit the COVID-19 resource center.

For more information about Kaiser Permanente health plans

  • Calm is not currently available to Kaiser Permanente Washington members. myStrength® is a wholly owned subsidiary of Livongo Health, Inc.

  • When appropriate and available.

  • Some prescriptions are not available for refill by mail.