Aloha Chamber Members,
The question of whether to mandate vaccinations in the workplace has been top of mind because of the rapid spread of the Delta variant. As such, last week, we launched a business survey to get a snapshot on what employers were thinking and planning given recent announcements of vaccination requirements. The survey found that out of 266 business respondents, 57% were planning to not mandate vaccination for employees. Many were businesses operating with under 100 employees and with many more under 10.
The survey did provide insight into several reasons why businesses may be hesitant to mandate the Covid-19 vaccine. A few concerns include not knowing how to implement properly, taking a wait and see approach, possibly losing good workers, or being exposed to legal issues.
The range of questions raised by businesses and the urgency of this matter led us to putting together a webinar, “Vaccination in the Workplace: the Why and How,” which was held this morning. Panelists included Ray Vara, President & CEO of Hawaii Pacific Health; Jeff Harris and John Knorek, both Directors with the law firm Torkildson, Katz, Hetherington, Harris & Knorek. The number of questions posed by the audience showed how complex, yet important the issue is for businesses, as well as whether Hawaii should follow the San Francisco or New York model. If you missed the webinar, please email Ayaka Hong, Director of Events and Marketing, for the link.
Also, if you have not filled out the survey, please click here. To avoid another shutdown and for our economy to recover and thrive, we need to keep working together to increase our vaccination rate.
Laulima & mahalo,