COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates, Paid Sick Leave, and the Economy
Earlier this week, the White House released its “path out of the pandemic,” which notes the FDA is currently evaluating a COVID-19 vaccine for children under the age of 12.
A major pillar in the plan is to reduce the number of unvaccinated Americans by using regulatory powers to increase Americans covered by vaccination requirements. For example, the plan requires that all employers with more than 100 employees ensure their workers are vaccinated or tested weekly for COVID-19.
As Health Affairs’ Senior Editors Ellen Bayer and Leslie Erdelack note in today’s Health Affairs This Week, the workplace is an important focus for public health efforts, as it can be a place where disease spreads. Because of this, paid sick leave policies are important when thinking about public health. However, the US lags behind other countries when it comes to guaranteeing paid sick leave.
Listen to Ellen Bayer and Leslie Erdelack go over President Joe Biden’s latest path out of the COVID-19 pandemic and how paid sick leave can influence public health.
- Path Out of the Pandemic (White House)
- COVID-19 Emergency Sick Leave Has Helped Flatten The Curve In The United States (Health Affairs)
- Olive Garden’s Expansion Of Paid Sick Leave During COVID-19 Reduced The Share Of Employees Working While Sick (Health Affairs)
- US Sick Leave In Global Context: US Eligibility Rules Widen Inequalities Despite Readily Available Solutions (Health Affairs)