Q&A: Should I encourage my staff to get vaccinated for COVID19?

By Mark Ching
How can I educate them about the vaccine?
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The short answer is yes.

The key to reopening the economy is for the country to achieve her immunity, which is about 70 million Filipinos, according to the Department of Health. Without herd immunity, businesses will continue to be closed, or if open, have low number of customers.

This is a seemingly challenging task, however, as vaccine hesitancy rates are very high. A Pulse Asia survey last March revealed that 6 out of 10 Filipinos are hesitant to get the jab.

As entrepreneurs and business leaders, we have the responsibility to encourage our staff and other people in our care to give them the correct information about vaccines. One is that they work to prevent one to become severely ill, even if they are infected with the virus. Second, the side effects are extremely rare and aren’t more life-threatening than catching COVID.

The best way to encourage your employees is to get the vaccine yourself. You may also invite a doctor to hold a seminar for your employees to educate them about the vaccine.

Lastly, you can coordinate with the government so your business can order the vaccines for your employees. This way, your employees will be thankful for the privilege and you will remove the stress of having to line up in crowded vaccination sites.

Mark Ching is the Marketing and Design Head of iRipple. He previously worked in various roles in Imonggo for 10 years, starting as a customer support officer then later as a product manager.

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