Resources for COVID-19 vaccine support

Accolade is committed to helping every person live their healthiest life.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and vaccines are produced and distributed, Accolade remains committed to supporting public health needs, alongside helping every person live their healthiest life. We will provide reliable resources on the COVID-19 vaccines, answer some of the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), and, as always, help support you and your employees through the pandemic with Accolade COVID Response Care.

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Resources for COVID-19 vaccine support

Accolade is committed to helping every person live their healthiest life.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and vaccines are produced and distributed, Accolade remains committed to supporting public health needs, alongside helping every person live their healthiest life. We will provide reliable resources on the COVID-19 vaccines, answer some of the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), and, as always, help support you and your employees through the pandemic with Accolade COVID Response Care.

Helping to keep workplaces working

Accolade COVID Response Care is a comprehensive clinical solution that offers personalized support from frontline nurses and clinical experts to help you get your people back to work safely.

See how Johnson Controls International, an employer with a population of essential workers, moved rapidly to put a COVID-19 return-to-work strategy in place. Their positive results and lessons learned can help other employers shape their own strategies.

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Find a COVID-19 vaccine provider

The CDC is making recommendations to local, state and federal governments for who should be vaccinated first.

You can contact your local health department for more information about the process in your area and visit the CDC website to find out how you can get the vaccine.

COVID Vaccine Access

Who is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination? When can members of your team get vaccinated? What’s the best way to keep up on developments and vaccine availability in your area? Accolade nurse Amira Childs helps explain how to make sure your employees and their families can access a COVID-19 vaccine at their earliest opportunity.

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Vaccine Development

Understanding the modern vaccine process

Before a vaccine is ever approved for the general public, it undergoes three phases of rigorous testing to determine if it is safe and effective. All approved vaccines, and those that will be approved in the future, must go through these three phases.

Phase 1
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Clinical trials with up to 100 healthy volunteers determine if this vaccine's:
safety
correct dose
most common side effects
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Clinical trials with several hundred volunteers determine:
the most common short-term side effects
volunteers' immune system response
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Clinical trials with hundreds or thousands of volunteers to determine this vaccine's:
safety
effectiveness
most common side effects
response in people who get the vaccine compared to people who do not
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Even after approving a vaccine, the FDA continues to oversee the vaccine’s production, including periodic facility inspections, to ensure the vaccine continues to be safe.

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The Science of COVID Vaccines

COVID-19 vaccines were developed in record time using cutting-edge technology, so it’s natural for your employees and their families to have questions about how these vaccines protect them. Dr. Greg Burrell, Accolade’s senior director for clinical solutions, explains everything you need to know about the science behind the available COVID vaccines, including how they protect people, how effective they are, and what individuals can expect after getting vaccinated.

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Addressing vaccine trust concerns

Did you know that Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) are more likely to die from COVID-19?

According to the CDC, Americans who are BIPOC are more likely to be hospitalized and die from the virus. In addition, Black people are more likely to have underlying health issues, such as diabetes and heart and lung disease, which can lead to higher COVID-19 death rates. Despite these numbers, many people in these communities are less likely to get the vaccines.

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The importance of getting vaccinated

According to a December 2020 survey by Pew Research Center, nearly 40% of Americans say they won’t or probably won’t get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Skepticism about the vaccines is particularly high among some in the BIPOC community. The hesitation around getting the vaccine is based on modern-day disparities in healthcare, as well as historical mistreatment of minority communities by some healthcare providers.

Making Decisions About COVID Vaccination

Many people are hesitant about getting a newly developed vaccine. While skepticism is understandable, employers who want to keep their teams safe and healthy will need to understand how to address vaccine-hesitant employees and combat vaccine misinformation with empathy and confidence. In this video, decision scientist Nika Kabiri provides some pointers on vaccine education and how to talk about risk versus reward in the context of COVID vaccinations.

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[The COVID-19 vaccination] is very different from Tuskegee or any of those past horrible experiences that we've gone through. People of color have been involved in developing the vaccine, evaluating safety, we participated in the studies, and the science is the most compelling thing for me.

Dr. James Hildreth, president and CEO of Meharry Medical College, the South’s first medical school for African-Americans, while speaking to a news station in Nashville, TN

Frequently Asked Questions

How many COVID-19 vaccines are there?

How do we know the vaccines work?

These vaccines were developed quickly. Should I be concerned about that?

Are the vaccines 100 percent effective?

Do I have to get two shots with every vaccine?

Are there any side effects?

Do I need to get the vaccine if I’ve already had COVID-19?

When can I get the vaccine?

Will I have to pay for this vaccine?

After I get the vaccine, can I stop wearing a mask?

Will I have to get booster doses of the vaccine later?

How will we get back to “normal”?

Why was the J&J vaccine paused? On what basis has it been resumed and Is it still safe?

After getting the vaccine, how long does it take to become immune?

Am I immune from emerging variants?

Can we move closer than six feet from each other after getting vaccinated?

When can children get vaccinated?

Has the FDA authorized use of COVID-19 vaccines in children?

When can children between the ages of 12-15 start receiving the Pfizer vaccine?

Vaccines do not save lives.

Vaccinations save lives.

– Dr. Walter Orenstein, Emory University infectious disease expert

Helpful Resources

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