The other day a friend told me the following story.
I was in the office when my boss came up to me and asked if I was going to get vaccinated. I said that I probably wasn’t because I’m not interesting in being part of a clinical trial. In response he said, “I understand; however, if our office is not fully vaccinated, we won’t be able to take our masks off here at work.” While my friend was extremely agitated, he declined to debate the pros and cons of a vaccine with his boss at the time.
Another friend of mine works in marketing and was responsible for publishing a monthly internal newsletter. Human Resources wanted to include a vaccine survey (responses would be strictly confidential of course) to see how many employees have been vaccinated. Senior leadership then reviewed the newsletter and were taken aback by the survey, saying it was inappropriate to ask employees for health information. The survey was subsequently stricken from the newsletter.
As I advise and coach private businesses, I am stunned with the obsession some businesses have over the politics of the vaccine. I understand there should be concerns in clinical trial services (CROs) as some of their employees have to visit patients in hospitals, and some hospitals are strongly suggesting vaccines for all vendors and personnel. For other companies, I simply wonder what happened to employee rights and freedoms. There are many things employers cannot ask their employees unless the employee brings the information to the employers attention (for example: family, pregnancy, health issues, and many others are off the table). However, many employers feel compelled to ask about one’s vaccine status.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the survival rate for COVID-19 among people aged 20 years and younger is 99.997%, while the rate for those aged 20 – 49 years is 99.98%. The rate for those aged 50 – 69 years is 99.5%. As the majority of these age groups are in the workforce, they are more likely to be struck by lightning walking to their car than they are to die from COVID.
Perhaps people are worried about something else, such as lost productivity at work due to sickness. Unfortunately, the vaccine does not prevent COVID. It simply reduces the symptoms as per www.clinicaltrials.gov, where you can see the protocols for all the vaccines currently being approved for emergency use.
As we progress through the vaccine fog, I am predicting we will learn that the vaccines are not vaccines in the traditional sense, and all who have received shots will have to receive an annual booster shot. We will also learn that no matter how hard the government tries there will be approximately 50% of the public that will not get vaccinated. What then do you do about that 50% of your workforce, 50% of your customers, etc?
In addition, if the above is true, how does a company oversee and manage annual booster compliance? Isn’t it already hard enough to run a business, lead, manage, and retain employees? Now you possibly could be adding another cost and process to your business.
I would encourage every employer and employee to do their own research and get the facts before implementing a business practice that will do nothing for the long term viability of your business or your employment. Instead of reacting, please take the time to act appropriately. Please research the following links and look at the actual data. Don’t simply follow the crowd because more often than not the crowd is wrong.