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On April 2, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released guidance entitled Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People. The guidance states that certain restrictions have been eased for fully vaccinated people — defined as receiving both doses of the Pfizer or Modern vaccine, or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
In terms of workplace-specific recommendations, the Interim Public Health Recommendations state that fully vaccinated employees of non-healthcare, high-density workplaces (e.g., meat and poultry processing and manufacturing plants) with no COVID-like symptoms do not need to quarantine the following exposure.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) still recommends following routine workplace screening programs and testing following an exposure.
The Workplace Vaccinations Program guidance provides recommendations to employers for structuring vaccination programs for their employees and building confidence among employees in the vaccines.
Employers should be cautious of creating vaccine mandates or even voluntary mandates and encouragement that may conflict with EEOC disability and religious guidelines.
The guidance also suggests post-vaccination protocols. For example, the guidance recommends offering flexible, non-punitive sick leave options (e.g., paid sick leave) for employees with post-vaccination signs and symptoms. It also recommends encouraging employees to report possible side effects, specifically through a new smartphone-based tool called “v-safe,” which helps the CDC monitor people’s health after they receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
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