In response to the pandemic, organizations made massive shifts in the workplace, updated operating models, and found new ways to sustain operations, so the availability of COVID-19 vaccines is welcome news. At the same time, how to manage vaccines poses new questions and requirements. Organizations worldwide are racing to create policies, processes, and programs for vaccine management, reporting, and distribution.
Ensuring employees are vaccinated against COVID-19, or even facilitating those vaccinations, will provide much-needed protection against virus transmission and help organizations ensure the health and safety of remote and on-site workers. Organizations large and small are working to understand what they need to manage around vaccines and how to support emerging and ever-changing requirements.
Cross-functional teams, including facilities management, human resources (HR), benefits, medical advisors, and executive management will need to formulate the right approach for each organization. Like so much that’s been required during the pandemic response, there’s no defined playbook. Health and residential care organizations are helping define the approach as they administer the first wave of vaccines, with a growing consensus around a handful of must-have capabilities, including visibility, scenario planning, communication, support, and validation and reporting.
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