- By publicly supporting the launch of vaccines, American companies can help more people get vaccinated.
- Wal-Mart, Disney, Uber, Lyft, NFL, etc. are all assisting vaccine management and education.
- The Biden administration has also worked with business groups to urge vaccines and masks.
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In the past few weeks, Wal-Mart has administered approximately one million COVID-19 vaccines nationwide.
Mass vaccination sites have been opened at Disneyland in California and the Yankee Stadium in New York, and National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell has used all 30 league stadiums as mass vaccination sites.
Uber and Lyft are helping transport people to make appointments for vaccines, and Target will provide paid leave for employees who want to get vaccines.
These efforts represent a new impetus for American business leaders at a critical moment: their economic future depends on the possibility of people being vaccinated.
With the introduction of vaccines last year, a foreseeable problem has emerged in the United States: vaccine skepticism.
Scientific evidence shows the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine, but some Americans still oppose it. According to a Gallup poll, the proportion of people who believe that vaccines are safe and important for management has fallen by 1
A portion of the U.S. population is totally opposed to vaccines-a November Gallup poll found that 12% of respondents “distrust vaccines in general.”
However, a large number of people are particularly skeptical of coronavirus vaccines, on the grounds that rushed research and development or safety is the reason for not wanting to get an injection. The same poll found that 42% of people said they would not take the coronavirus vaccine if they were free and available, while 58% said they would.
As Insider’s Kelly McLaughlin and Yelena Dzhanova reported last year, experts have been issuing warnings that worries about vaccination may slow the flu pandemic. End, because this may lead to a decline in the immunity of the herd. On the other hand, access to vaccines can greatly reduce the risk of infection: a study published in the UK earlier this week showed that vaccines from Pfizer and BioNTech reduced this risk by more than 70%.
All this puts the United States in a challenging position: vaccines are safe and effective, but many Americans do not believe this. The slow introduction of vaccines, coupled with this hesitation, means that the United States cannot reach herd immunity anytime soon. This keeps companies such as theme parks, stadiums, and restaurants still closed or only partially open, and away from any areas that are about to recover.
However, there is one hope: by supporting vaccines loudly and publicly, American companies can help push for a return to normalcy.
The vaccine will become a “game changer” for many companies
Some CEOs have realized this. In an interview with NBC News, Wal-Mart CEO John Furner said that the company is currently gradually expanding its monthly dose of 13 million doses. He believes that Wal-Mart can play an important role in the community, otherwise these communities may It is difficult to obtain vaccines.
Wal-Mart also provides vaccine education to its employees and publicly advocates the benefits of vaccines.
Verner said in an interview with “Today”: “We also believe that it is important to know that friends, family members, peers or others who have been vaccinated remain open to this.”
Verner said he intends to buy vaccines when it is his turn and encourages his employees to buy too.
United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby is another business, and it depends on whether society returns to a certain normal state. Last month, the company said in a staff hall that not only did he support vaccines, but he believed it was mandatory for United Airlines employees.
According to CNBC’s Leslie Josephs, Kirby said: “I believe the worst thing in my career is the letters I wrote to the families of surviving colleagues. These letters were lost by the coronavirus.” Therefore, for me, because I have full confidence in the safety of vaccines-I realize this is controversial-I think the correct approach for United Airlines and other companies is to require vaccines and make them mandatory.”
Manchester United later stated that it would consider a mandatory vaccination policy, but it has not yet implemented it.
Disney Chief Executive Bob Chapek (Bob Chapek) announced in the first fiscal quarter earnings report earlier this month that the company has injected 100,000 doses of the vaccine at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, since last year It has not been open to the public since March.
The suspension of Disney Parks, the suspension of Disney’s cruise business and the suspension of other parks around the world have had a serious impact on Disney’s business: The company stated on the earnings call that its park experience and product business revenues were significantly higher than those of last year. Falling. The loss in the same period last year was 119 million U.S. dollars.
Chapek said that if vaccines are provided to people who want to buy vaccines by April this year, it will become a “game changer” for Disney and make people “confident that they need to go back to the park.”
Chapek did not fully support the purchase of vaccines, but his message is clear: vaccines are needed for Disneyland to return to any normal level.
New Biden government partnership
There are still a few CEOs who have recognized the demand for vaccines. This is not the same as a unified action taken by American companies to promote vaccination in the country or even to promote basic health and safety measures. White House pandemic adviser Andy Slavitt told David Leonhardt of the New York Times this week that this is related to the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus.
Slavitt said that what the company can do now is help with messaging. Masks and vaccines have been politicized, but employers may be able to break some of these barriers because the information received from the boss may be different from the information received from politicians. He told The Times that the company should tell employees to wear masks to avoid crowds and vaccinate them when it is their turn.
Now, we may start to see more companies speak. The Biden administration on Friday announced new partnerships with business leaders and groups, including the American Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable and the National Association of Manufacturers, as well as leaders from black, Latino and Asian business circles.
The partnership aims to cover companies across the country and encourage them to increase the value of getting vaccines and wearing masks. The new partnership will also urge companies to provide employees with bonuses or paid time off to purchase vaccines and mandatory masks in their companies and to distance themselves from society.
Although the government will not ask companies whether and how to participate, it will provide clear instructions on how to help, and it seems that American companies are interested.
Slavitt told The Times: “The company’s propaganda overwhelmed us, “We want to help, we want to help, we want to help.” “The first year of this virus is a missed opportunity. “