Inside Indiana Business
INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the Wellness Council of Indiana have launched a campaign to award Indiana businesses that have achieved widespread vaccination among employees.
The “COVID Stops Here” initiative will recognize employers that are helping to improve the state’s vaccination numbers.
According to the latest data from the Indiana State Department of Health, about half of all Hoosiers have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
“Employers across the state are helping lead the way in vaccinations, keeping Hoosiers safe and our economy running. We are pleased to recognize these employers who have encouraged staff to get vaccinated and also took steps to make that easier to occur,” said Indiana Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Brinegar.
The campaign has assigned four levels of vaccination status: platinum at 100% vaccinated, gold at 90%, silver at 80% and bronze at 70%.
“As employers, it is imperative to understand that we remain in the midst of a pandemic. Indiana is seeing a surge in positive COVID-19 cases – recently hitting more than 4,000 cases a day. The Delta variant is highly contagious and requires everyone’s attention,” said Jennifer Pferrer, executive director of the Wellness Council of Indiana.
The chamber says a key part of the campaign is reaching out to those businesses whose workforce vaccination rate has not yet reached 70% and offering guidance and information to spur increased numbers.
Meanwhile, the FDA’s full approval on Monday of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 has led to a letter of endorsement by the American Medical Association, American Hospital Association and the American Nurses Association calling for everyone who is eligible to be vaccinated.
With the full approval, the FDA indicates “the public can be very confident that this vaccine meets the high standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality the FDA requires of an approved product.”