Vaccine Resource Center for Employers
Updated Tuesday, August 10, 2021 - 10:45 a.m.
NOTE: All phases of Missouri's COVID-19 Vaccine Plan have been activated, making all Missouri adults (age 12+) eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
As the national and statewide rollout of vaccines for COVID-19 continues, many employers have questions about how they can help facilitate distribution of the vaccine for their employees. This resource page details different vaccine delivery channels, education and hesitancy resources, and guidance for employers as they think through vaccine opportunities for their organization.
If you have questions that aren't covered here, or if you have additional information to share, please reach out to us by clicking the link below.
For more information and resources on local, state and federal COVID-19 vaccination efforts, visit our Coronavirus Health & Vaccine page.
“Vaccination is a highly effective method to prevent deaths and severe illness. The lives of our friends, family and neighbors depend on it."
-SGCHD Director Katie Towns
"The path to beating COVID has always centered on vaccine... now more than ever."
-Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce President Matt Morrow
"Please consider vaccinating as a civic responsiblity - to protect others, to protect children, to protect our community."
-President and CEO of CoxHealth Steve Edwards
"Vaccination is the best way to prevent serious illness from COVID-19."
-Missouri Governor Mike Parson
"The only solution to this deadly disease is vaccination. Vaccines are safe and effective, and we need to be laser-focused on vaccination."
-Springfield Mayor Ken McClure
"Like millions of Missourians, I'm vaccinated. Vaccines are how we get back to normal. They're safe, accessible, and effective."
-U.S. Senator Roy Blunt
- "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration fully approves the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccines for those age 16 or older" (8/23/21)
- CDC announces updated recommendations for fully vaccinated individuals
- "Governor Parson launches 'MO VIP' Campaign giving vaccinated Missourians a chance at $10,000" (7/21/21)
- "Missouri authorizes Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine administration for individuals ages 12 to 15" (5/12/21)
- "Missouri resumes J&J COVID-19 vaccine administration" (4/23/21)
Vaccine Hesitancy & Employee Communication
Southwest Missouri is experiencing a rise in COVID-19 cases in the community largely due to the Delta virus variant. This steady increase - notably in the younger population - is also resulting in more hospitalizations and deaths, illustrating the severity of this virus strand.
The Springfield-Greene County Health Department notes that "vaccines are one of the safest and most effective ways to combat illness." Employers and community organizations play a large role in protecting their employees and patrons from the spread of COVID-19, including educating individuals about the benefits and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine.
To further help employers in this role, the Springfield Chamber has provided this summary of some available resources on topics like where to find credible COVID-19 information, how to address vaccine hesitancy, and what other employers are doing in this area.
Health Department COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit for Employers
The COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit for Employers & Community Organizations was created by the Springfield-Greene County Health Department as a resource to provide your business or organization with trusted, accurate and relevant information related to COVID-19 vaccine outreach and education. This resource combines best practices from the Centers for Disease Control with feedback from members of the community to provide tools to properly address any vaccine hesitancy and encourage individuals to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
The toolkit includes educational content, talking points, email and social media templates, flyers, answers to frequently asked questions and information about local vaccine opportunities for individuals and organizations. The entire toolkit can be found here.
Pursuing COVID-19 Vaccination for your Employees
The Missouri Department of Economic Development has provided three options eligible employers can pursue if they are interested in offering COVID-19 vaccines to their employees.
Click on each numbered option below to find out more information, including additional details employers can consider related to pursing each avenue.