Hello, I’m Jill Dailey, Vice President and Head of Commercial Product at Aetna.
I want to thank you for your continued trust in Aetna as we all work our way through the COVID-19 pandemic.
The good news is that vaccines are available, and many Americans are being vaccinated. However, the work is far from done. According to a recent U.S. census estimate, some 30 million American adults who are open to getting the vaccine, are still not yet vaccinated. Now is our time to help provide access to those who want the vaccine and to educate those who are hesitant about being vaccinated.
Now is the time to work together to overcome these obstacles.
That’s why Aetna is launching the COVID-19 Vaccine Workforce Promise program. It is designed to help employers, like you, take concrete steps to promote vaccination among all your employees.
The program rests on five evidence-based principles that we ask employers to consider and adapt to meet your own individual challenges and needs.
The first is to “Give time” to your employees, making sure they have time off to get vaccinated, and also to rest if they experience any side effects.
The second is “Make it easy” for employees to be vaccinated. This could include offering vaccinations at or near work locations. Or offering transportation or childcare assistance.
The third is “Consider everyone” by trying to understand, and address the range of perspectives and other barriers to getting vaccinated.
The fourth is “Celebrate the shot” by finding ways to share stories of all the good things that employees are doing or looking forward to doing, once they are vaccinated.
And finally, “Keep it coming” which means continuing to educate employees on the latest news, options and policies regarding vaccinations.
As part of this big, final push to end the pandemic, we are inviting all our plan sponsors to officially sign the COVID-19 Vaccine Workforce Promise.
With your support, we can maximize vaccinations and help restore a feeling of safety and freedom.
In honor of all our clients who sign the Promise, we will donate $500,000, through the CVS Health Foundation, to the American Lung Association. This donation will support their COVID-19 Action Initiative to end the pandemic.
We also invite you to share your company’s vaccination success stories to help inspire other companies.
To sign the Promise, share success stories or get tools and materials visit Aetna.com/VaccinePromise or contact your Aetna account manager. Thank you.