NSC Statement on Biden Administration's Plan to Create Conditions for Worker Vaccination

Vaccine uptake is a critical element to jump-starting economic recovery.

January 22, 2021

Itasca, IL – In its National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness released on Jan. 21, the Biden administration rightly committed to spearheading a national effort for businesses to pledge to providing paid time off to employees and contractors so they can be vaccinated. 

Vaccine uptake is a critical element to addressing the pandemic and jump-starting our economic recovery. The National Safety Council strongly urges all businesses to take this pledge, and we are committed to helping the administration encourage its use by promoting the pledge to our 15,000 member companies representing 7 million workers nationwide. 

Employers play a critical role in increasing vaccination rates. The new administration recognizes this fact by its intention to create a pledge, but also by its commitment to working with employers and labor unions to establish worksite vaccine centers. 

The development of COVID-19 vaccines is groundbreaking, as we’ve said since the first vaccine was greenlit for FDA approval. Strategies for widespread acceptance, use and distribution should be just as innovative, with employers at the heart of the efforts. 

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The National Safety Council is America’s leading nonprofit safety advocate – and has been for over 100 years. As a mission-based organization, we work to eliminate the leading causes of preventable death and injury, focusing our efforts on the workplace, roadway and impairment. We create a culture of safety to not only keep people safer at work, but also beyond the workplace so they can live their fullest lives.

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