Knowsley Council is urging local businesses to join the likes of Amazon, Sky and Molson Coors by encouraging their staff to get the COVID-19 vaccination.
Some of the UK’s largest employers are providing flexibility for staff to get their jab by introducing a range of measures, including promoting positive vaccine messages, allowing employees to attend appointments during work time, giving paid time off to get the jab and providing sick pay for the minority who experience minor side effects.
The UK Government has launched an employee toolkit with a variety of assets employers can use to promote the vaccine in the workplace.
Vaccines are the way out of the pandemic and are the best way to protect people from coronavirus. In fact, the vaccine has already saved thousands of lives.
People who have been vaccinated are far less likely to get COVID-19 with symptoms and are even more unlikely to get serious COVID-19, be admitted to hospital or to die from it. Vaccinated people are also less likely to pass the virus to others.
By supporting employees to get vaccinated, Knowsley employers are playing a crucial role in enabling us to return to a more normal way of life and ensures that:
- employees can better protect themselves and those around them
- employees are at a lower risk of catching and spreading COVID-19, therefore reducing the issues caused through workforce isolation
- protects customers
- creates a safe workplace
Cllr Christine Bannon, Cabinet Member for Health, said: “The vaccine rollout in Knowsley has seen those most at risk quickly protected and get their jab. However, we are now seeing uptake slow down amongst those aged 18-30.
“By sharing positive vaccine messages and supporting staff to get their vaccination, employers can play a crucial role in helping protect our local community and creating a safer Knowsley.”
Cllr Tony Brennan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “I would urge all local employers to support their staff to get vaccinated.
“Across the borough our businesses have had to battle with closures and staff shortages due to the pandemic. By encouraging staff to get both their jabs, employers can play their role in protecting their workforce and reducing the strain on their business.”
All those aged 18 and over can book their vaccination through the NHS booking service or by calling 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week.