The Challenges of Getting Employees Vaccinated

The Challenges of Getting Employees Vaccinated
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The Challenges of Getting Employees Vaccinated

The Challenges of Getting Employees Vaccinated

Weather situation: Lots of sun today, high in the upper 80s. Mid 1980s and mixed sun and cloud over the weekend, with a parasitic thunderstorm later on Sunday.

Parking on the alternative side: Valid until August 15 (Feast of the Assumption).

The announcement was bold.

In a first among U.S. cities in their fight against the coronavirus, Mayor Bill de Blasio said this week that New York City will require proof of vaccination for all workers and customers in restaurants, gyms, theaters and a selection of other indoor locations.

But the issue of mandatory vaccines can be complicated, especially for small businesses in the city. For them, the loss of even a few workers due to a requirement could have a disproportionate impact – and many employees are low-income, a demographic that polls show are less likely to get vaccinated.

At a Bronx eyewear company, my colleague Nicole Hong looked at the challenges of getting every worker vaccinated.

[Read her full story on the company’s struggles here.]

Here are some highlights:

The Bronx is home to New York City’s lowest vaccination rate, according to city data, with less than 60% of adults fully vaccinated. Most of the 58 employees at the company Ms. Hong examined – Metro Optics Eyewear, which has four stores in the Bronx – live in the borough.

John Bonizio, the owner of Metro Optics, was elated when he learned in January that optometrists and their staff would soon be eligible for the vaccine. He found a hospital with open appointments and offered to schedule one for each employee.

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About half of the staff rushed to get slots. But others shared their concerns: a lack of confidence in the government, concerns about false conspiracy theories, concerns about the lack of formal federal approval of vaccines.

Mr Bonizio considered laying off employees who refused to be vaccinated. But he had reservations.

Instead of an obligatory vaccination, Mr. Bonizio opted for persuasion and incentives: regular reminders, carpooling to vaccination sites, even a $ 1,000 bonus.

It was not enough.

The company announced in March that anyone who was not vaccinated would be required to undergo a weekly Covid-19 test. This led to another wave of vaccinations, but there were a handful of holdouts, and tracking tests became a new challenge.

Metro Optics has decided to require that all new full-time employees be vaccinated.

Six current staff members remain unvaccinated.

Tiara Felix, 31, said she enjoyed her job in one of the stores, handling customer orders in a laboratory in the background. But a vaccination mandate could encourage his departure.

“There is no choice,” she said. “I’ll have to stop.”

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Melissa Guerrero of The Times writes:

While people are still connecting through virtual events and programs, with the summer season here and more people getting vaccinated, sites and organizations are hosting in-person events. Here are some suggestions for maintaining a New York social life this weekend:

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On Saturday from 1 p.m., visit the People’s Market at the People’s Forum in Manhattan for a list of vendors selling handmade goods, herbal items, art, and more.

RSVP for free on the event page.

Hear speakers talk about Flushing’s remonstrance and the region’s sacred sites on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

To access the link, register on the event page. Donations are welcome.

On Sunday at 7 p.m. in Central Park, attend a performance of some of opera’s most beloved works as part of the SummerStage festival.

Visit the event page for more information.

It’s Friday, make plans.

Dear Diary:

I take the A train
Going into town
In search of a street
Called Memory Lane

It hurts to hear a Harlem chorus
In an old famous swinging club then
I take the A train

We smoke now I can’t complain
A brass token takes me
Uptown, not down
I take the A train
That boy with the horn
Has he retained
The art of blowing such
Its bittersweet?
To discover
I take the A train

This famous old club
Ah, what was his name?
The Duke played there
And taking his word
I take the A train

I remember through the smoke
Black eyes ask,
Am i blue
A shrill riff of steel wheels
Carries me to the top of town
The island of dreams
I take the A train

We are slowing down
I go
Uptown not down
I take the A train
In search of a street
Called Memory Lane

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– Sharon Williams

Illustrated by Agnès Lee. Read more about the metropolitan agenda here.

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