With states individually rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine to residents, employers are, and should be, beginning to consider their options with respect to employee vaccinations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has previously recommended giving the COVID-19 vaccine in phases initially, as it relates to employees: (1) health care employees; then, (2) frontline essential employees, such as education workers, manufacturing workers, first responders, and food and agricultural workers; and then, (3) other essential workers, such as construction workers, finance workers, and transportation and logistics workers. Of course, “the goal is for everyone to be able to easily get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as large quantities are available.”

With that in mind, employers should plan now for the issue of COVID-19 vaccinations in the workplace. The following are key questions employers should be considering: