3.29.21 COVID-19 Bulletin: New Yorkers 30+ Now Eligible for Vaccine
March 29, 2021
NOTE: This post was updated with webinar links on May 8, 2022
Cuomo Expands Vaccine Eligibility to 30+
Governor Cuomo has announced that beginning tomorrow, March 30, New Yorkers age 30 and older are eligible to register for and receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
The Governor also announced today that New Yorkers 16 years old and older can schedule vaccination appointments and receive a vaccination beginning April 6.
These dates best President Biden’s May 1, 2021 deadline for states to offer universal eligibility.
For more information on today’s announcement, click here.
Join Us: Preparing Your Business for COVID-19 Vaccines – 3-Part Webisode Series
As we enter this next phase in the COVID-19 recovery and eradication, employers will have a key role to play in the WNY vaccination efforts because employers are often perceived as more trustworthy than the government.
From employee communications and segmentation to administration of the vaccines, getting shots into arms is multi-faceted and brings numerous challenges. That is why we have created this webisode series to help employers navigate this new, but critically important territory.
Attendees of each event will receive:
- Answers to key questions that businesses should consider, followed by action steps.
- Supporting resources, including templates for employee, customer and other stakeholder communications.
- Business case studies and examples from Buffalo Niagara business leaders to provide ideas and inspiration.
#1 Considerations for HR, Operations, & Senior Leaders Watch the Replay Here>
This event will provide an overview of up-to-date NYS guidance/ CDC recommendations on vaccine groups, current distribution sites, and opportunities for employers to administer vaccines. Topics include insurance coverage, herd immunity, HR issues, vaccine PTO and others information employers should know.
#2 How To: Creating a Vaccine Policy & Plan Watch the Replay Here>
Whether you decide to encourage vaccination by removing barriers, providing paid time off or offering special incentives, you should start with a written COVID-19 Vaccine Policy and a Workforce Vaccination Plan to organize your efforts. Join us for a step-by-step plan on how to do this.
#3 Communicating with Employees & Customers Watch the Replay Here>
Businesses play a key role in nationwide vaccination efforts and their employees’ and communities’ attitudes towards COVID-19 vaccines, especially when it comes to education. However, employers must understand the nuances of the audience they are engaging and that there is no one-size-fits-all approach. During this event, attendees will learn best practices and takeaway tools on how to best communicate to your employees and customers.
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is committed to providing employers with the latest information and resources to help you deal with COVID-19 and its impact on our community, state and nation. Visit our Events and Resource pages as they are updated regularly to provide you with the most current information.
Do you have specific questions related to running your business or your business unit?Visit the BNP Business Link, a question and answer forum for, and by, the Buffalo Niagara business community. Submit your questions and get expert answers on just about any topic from legal, IT, HR, NYS regulations, sales, marketing, communications and more. It is quick, confidential, powerful and convenient.
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