COVID-19 Vaccine Information
CDC has designed a COVID-19 Vaccination Communication Toolkit for Essential Workers to help employers build confidence in this important new vaccine. The toolkit will help employers across various industries educate their workforce about COVID-19 vaccines, raise awareness about the benefits of vaccination, and address common questions and concerns.
The toolkit contains a variety of resources including:
- key messages,
- an educational slide deck,
- customizable posters/flyers,
- newsletter content,
- a plain language vaccine factsheet (available in several different languages),
- a template letter for employees,
- social media content, and
- vaccination sticker templates.
CDC Posters with ABA Logo (March 2, 2021)
CDC Posters with no logo, can customize with your company logo (March 2, 2021)
Food and Beverage Industry Alliance Letter to Governors for COVID-19 Vaccine Prioritization (December 17, 2020)
FBIA sent letters to all the state governors, state and territorial health officials, and National Governors Association requesting priority access to COVID-19 vaccines for frontline and other essential employees across the food, beverages, agriculture, consumer goods, retail, and foodservice sectors after the needs of our nation’s healthcare workers and first responders are met. The letter also offers suggestions to assist, when necessary, in sub-prioritizing among these employees, in close coordination with employers, during the early phase of vaccine allocation when vaccines are limited.
Food and Beverage Industry Alliance Submits Criteria for Sub-Prioritizing COVID-19 Vaccination Among Essential Workers (December 11, 2020)
FBIA submitted criteria to the CDC’s docket with considerations for prioritizing essential workers within the food, agriculture, consumer goods, retail, and foodservice sectors for COVID-19 vaccination during the early phase of vaccine production and distribution.
Food and Beverage Issue Alliance (FBIA) Letter to President Trump Requesting Vaccine Prioritization (November 11, 2020)
FBIA sent a letter to President Trump strongly supporting prioritizing essential workers in critical infrastructure, including those responsible for ensuring the continuity of our nation’s food supply.
Bakers, Food and Ag Groups, Request Next Highest Priority for Receiving COVID-19 Vaccine (June 24, 2020)
In a letter addressed to President Donald J. Trump, the American Bakers Association (ABA), along with more than a dozen food, agriculture, retail, and consumer packaged goods industry groups, requested food and agriculture workers receive the next highest priority for a COVID-19 vaccine, once available, behind healthcare workers, first responders, and high-risk individuals.
On December 21, 2020 the CDC announced that its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) reviewed and voted on vaccine prioritization for the food industry. This CDC prioritization is “phase 1b”. Governors now work with their state health departments to allocate the limited supplies of COVID-19 vaccine. Many states will mirror the CDC’s recommendations, but they may also create sub-categories of workers.
Below is a sample “Essential” Employee Template for ABA Member use. It will be important for Members to cite state guidelines to demonstrate their applicability to the food and agriculture essential workers.
Categories of Essential Workers | COVID-19 Vaccination | CDC (added January 25, 2021)
Post Vaccine Considerations for Healthcare Personnel | CDC – note, this references healthcare personnel but applies to other sectors vaccinating their employees as well (added January 25, 2021)
Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is an independent panel of medical and public health experts who develop recommendations on the use of vaccines in the civilian population of the U.S. In preparations for COVID-19 vaccine distribution in the coming months, ACIP makes its interim recommendation to the CDC on COVID-19 vaccine recipients.
ACIP has taken the recommendations from CDC’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program Interim Playbook for Jurisdiction Operations (October 29, 2020) and applied its ethical principles for allocating the initial supplies of COVID-19 vaccine.
Per CDC’s Playbook, essential workers within the food, agriculture, consumer goods, retail, and foodservice sectors correspond to Phase 1b. (Essential workers are further defined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency in its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce: Ensuring Community and National Resilience in COVID-19).
ACIP will continue tracking progress and can modify its recommendations based on vaccine supply and vaccine effectiveness. ACIP’s recommendations are passed to the states where governors confer with their local health departments determining their distribution plans. ACIP continues to meet as this process moves forward.
On December 1, 2020, ACIP made recommendations for phase 1a of the COVID-19 initial vaccinations. On December 20, 2020, CDC Recommended Food and Agriculture Sector receive COVID-19 priority access.
For updated information on ACIP’s actions: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/acip/.
CDC list of state health departments for more information on plans for COVID-19 vaccination.
National Governors Association State COVID-19 Resources
State responsibilities for COVID-19 vaccines include determining allocations to critical populations; receiving vaccine allocations from the federal government; managing the systems for ordering, distributing, and monitoring vaccines; supporting the administration of vaccines in a wide variety of health care and community settings; and engaging and communicating with communities in creative ways to address those who may face barriers to access or be hesitant to get the vaccine.
This page contains COVID-19 vaccine resources that may help inform state and territorial planning efforts, as well as a list of publicly available state and territory vaccine public health pages or plans. Please note this list is not exhaustive of statewide actions.
NGA State COVID-19 Vaccine Resources *Added 1/11/2021
ABA’s HR/Safety counsel, Littler, shared the following resource for members. Vaccine approval and administration are the next steps in the fight against COVID-19. As with nearly everything about this pandemic, guidance and action plans vary by jurisdiction and are constantly evolving. To that end, the Littler chart provides links to state agency websites, vaccine allocation plans, and other guidance related to the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, as well as basic vaccination plan phases. The Littler chart is not all-inclusive and does not cover municipalities, some of which have issued their own guidance. Nor does the Littler chart include vaccine provider registration procedures or industry-specific guidance. The purpose is to give employers a general idea of what vaccine-related actions various jurisdictions are taking.
On December 16, 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued an updated and expanded technical assistance publication addressing questions arising under the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Laws related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Section K of the document provides information to employers and employees about how a COVID-19 vaccination interacts with the legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).
To view the information on vaccinations, visit section “K. Vaccinations” on EEOC’s website, “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws.”
COVID-19 Vaccines Authorized for Emergency Use
For additional information on FDA’s emergency use authorization of COVID-19 vaccinations, visit FDA’s website.
Approved for Emergency Use:
- Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine (December 11, 2020)
The COVID-19 Vaccine – Legal and Practical Implications
ABA's webinar on March 8, 2021, covered the many considerations for employers as employees in the baking industry become eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Recording: COVID-19 Vaccines – What the Baking Sector Should Expect
Dr. David Acheson, the former FDA Associate Commissioner for Foods, led this free informational webinar on January 19, 2021 to help the baking industry navigate the next phase of the pandemic: vaccines.