Vaccination is a vital tool for controlling the COVID-19 pandemic. And the more people get vaccinated, the sooner we can all get back to the moments we’ve been missing. To support your employees through this transition — and help protect their health — it’s essential for business leaders to help provide access to the COVID-19 vaccine and encourage employees to get vaccinated.
Lead by example
Anticipate cultural and social considerations
Help your employees understand how the vaccines work, how effective they are, and how we know they’re safe — as well as how to get vaccinated and what to expect.
Under normal circumstances, it takes years to develop a vaccine and make it available to people. But COVID-19’s swift and devastating impact meant we simply couldn’t wait that long. Thanks to extraordinary efforts, the COVID-19 vaccine was developed in record time while following all the FDA’s safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing standards. Several factors helped make this possible:
Learn more about how we did it. external link — and how we know the vaccines are safe and effective.
Everyone deserves the opportunity to be vaccinated to help protect them from COVID-19. Kaiser Permanente has always been deeply committed to health equity, and we’re ideally positioned to help reduce health disparities during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Our vaccine equity efforts include:
Can members get the vaccine outside of Kaiser Permanente?
Yes. If you’re currently eligible, you can get a vaccination at no cost from any facility or at any vaccination event approved by the state department of health. We encourage members and employees who are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccination wherever there is availability — even outside Kaiser Permanente. Depending on your location, this could include medical offices, large-scale vaccination sites, pharmacies, state or county public health clinics, or other locations.
All vaccine recipients are strongly encouraged to receive both doses from the same provider. This is to maintain vaccine
inventory levels and ensure vaccine is readily available when you’re ready for your second dose.
Is there a cost to Kaiser Permanente members for the COVID-19 vaccine?
No. You should not be charged anything for a COVID-19 vaccination no matter where you get it. In fact, you should be suspicious of any entity that wants to charge you for a vaccine, which is prohibited by federal legislation.
Is there a cost to employers for the COVID-19 vaccine?
Vaccine doses purchased with taxpayer dollars under Operation Warp Speed are required by the federal government to be given at no cost. Where applicable, providers may bill for the administration of the vaccine. The administration fees will be included in an employer’s claims experience.
Check out our latest full collection of coronavirus resources for businesses.
See the latest vaccine updates. external link we’ve shared with your employees on kp.org.
Services covered under your health plan are provided and/or arranged by Kaiser Permanente health plans: Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., in Northern and Southern California and Hawaii • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia, Inc., Nine Piedmont Center, 3495 Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30305, 404-364-7000 • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc., in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., 2101 E. Jefferson St., Rockville, MD 20852 • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest, 500 NE Multnomah St., Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232 • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington or Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington Options, Inc., 320 Westlake Ave. N, Suite 100, Seattle, WA 98109 • Self-insured plans are administered by Kaiser Permanente Insurance Company, One Kaiser Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612
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