During the February 26, 2021 White House COVID-19 Response Team press briefing, Andy Slavitt, Senior Advisor to the COVID Response Coordinator, announced a new partnership between the Biden Administration and business organizations to defeat COVID-19. Businesses can promote three critical efforts to defeat COVID-19 by
- Requiring masking and social distancing to protect workers, customers, and others on their premises;
- Reducing barriers to vaccinations by making plans for employees to get vaccinated or providing incentives for employees to get vaccinated; and
- Communicating with customers and educate the public about the benefits of masking and vaccinations by amplifying CDC messages about masking and vaccinations on their products, properties, and websites.
Slavitt highlighted the contributions that private companies have made to the vaccination efforts. Professional sports leagues and the live events industry have offered venues as vaccination sites. Retailers have given workers paid time off and compensation to employees who get vaccinated. Ride share applications and pharmacies have teamed up to provide free or discounted rides to vaccination sites. The Biden administration plans to continue to recognize the innovative ways that the private sector contributes to addressing the crisis.
Slavitt also acknowledged 441 community vaccination centers that have been established across the country. The federal government has provided federal personnel to 171 sites, federal funding to 177 sites, and federal equipment to 66 sites. Two new community vaccination sites were announced at the United Center in Chicago, with the capacity to vaccinate 6,000 people per day, and in Greensboro, North Carolina, with the capacity to vaccinate 3,000 people per day. The administration will continue to focus the launch of vaccination sites in locations that promote equity by using the CDC’s Social Vulnerability Index.
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