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live on the air. on the news of the day and we discussed policy issues that impact you. adam brandon on the organization support for republican candidates in the 2022 midterm elections. we talk about the spending report on how to reach the high cost of housing for americans. watch c-span's washington journal live tuesday morning. join the discussion with your phone calls, facebook comments, text messages, and tweets. >> eligible children have not received a covid vaccine. the cdc director and other medical experts spoke about effectiveness of the vaccine and how the business community can
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have a role in increasing vaccination rates. this is under one hour. >> hello everyone. good morning to my friends in the west. good afternoon to my friends on the east. i would like to welcome you to our town hall on business actions to support childhood vaccinations. a note about the action alliance. we provide companies at large and small with free resources, trainings and events that will deliver health communications to their employees and encourage their consumers to make informed decisions about the vaccine. this was founded by the ad council roundtable, cdc foundation, beaumont foundation,
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in partnership with our team at meteorite. thank you to our founding partners for their leadership. today kicks off a national effort to support working parents who want to get their eligible children vaccinated from covid-19 and other routine immunizations that may have been missed or delayed because of the pandemic. in may, nearly 23 million adolescent children aged 12 and up became eligible for the vaccine. as of today, only three/10 adolescent adolescents are fully vaccinated. with a new school year weeks away, the delta variate surging across the nation and many companies struggling to hire and bring working parents back, if there is a strong public health and business case for vaccinating eligible children as soon as possible. vaccines protect the health of children, support safer reopening of schools, and help parents reliably get back to
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work. in partnership with the american academy of pediatrics and two dozen other national is this an public health organizations are encouraging employers to provide working parents who choose to vaccinate their children the support they need to do so. by providing pto, flexible scheduling to attend vaccine appointments with the kids, and hosting clinics at work. employers can remove barriers and make it easier for working parents to protect their children and prevent the spread of covid-19 to others. together, all of us can take action to support working parents as we get back to work and get back to health. today, we will hear from our keynote speaker about our national flight to end the pandemic and why it is so urgent for employers to support working parents by removing barriers for eligible children. we will be joined by the
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president of the american academy of pediatrics, a senior advisor on the covid-19 response team and to top executives to talk more about the business and public health cases for action with specific commendations for employers. finally, i will share more about the partners and companies that have stepped up to champion this initiative and unveil a new suite of resources to help your company take action. it is my great pleasure to introduce dr. judy munro. president and ceo of the cdc foundation. welcome, thank you for being here today. >> thank you you and welcome everyone. the cdc foundation is proud to be a founding partner of the health action alliance along side the business round table and add counsel. together, we are so pleased to launch this business action for
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childhood vaccination initiative with more than 20 other leading groups. this is an important and timely effort that will help children, send support working parents. i am delighted that my colleague is here to help us launch this movement. she is an infectious disease expert, having serving frontline on the pandemic as a chief of infectious disease at massachusetts general hospital. she is a pioneer whose research advanced the national and global response to hiv-aids, work that she drew upon daily while conducting research on vaccine delivery and strategy to reach underserved communities during the pandemic. appointed by president joe biden to serve as director for the cdc , she understands the important
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contributions that the private sector has made throughout the covid-19 response. she was here with us when we launch the health action alliance in march and i am so pleased she is back with us today as we announce this new effort. please join me in welcoming cdc director. >> thank you so much for that beautiful introduction. coming together in the frame, you, our nation's largest employers and part of the health action alliance have been strong partners in our fight against covid-19. with shared facts and removing barriers to vaccinations, connecting families to childcare, hosting vaccination clinics and offering employee incentives. for that, we say a very sincere thank you. today, we are shifting our focus from your health to children.
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childhood vaccinations and the goals of having all children 12 and older vaccinated against covid-19 and making sure all children regardless of age have caught up on routine immunizations that they may have missed or delayed during the pandemic. while working to understand how profoundly impact of covid was on vaccinations in children, just last week, we ran a cumulative order for vaccinations to the vaccine for children program are down more than 12 million doses. especially concerning our other vaccines routinely recommended at these ages including the following. protecting the health of our children is a critical public health and business priority. with the delta variate spreading across the country, widespread vaccination is even more critical.
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the delta variate is more than half of the circulating virus in the country and is more transmissible than the original. 2-3 times more. we will need to get ahead and stay ahead of the virus by improving our vaccination rate. this will allow us to reopen schools and help employees reliably get back to work. being vaccinated will help our kids safely get back to the things they missed. in person schools, playing with friends, and participating in sports activities. vaccinated individuals have low risk of contracting covid-19 or spreading it to others. by being vaccinated, they add communitywide protection for those unable to get vaccinated. such as younger siblings and other children ineligible. we are hoping to get a safe and effective vaccine for younger children before the year is over. vaccinating our children is more
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than a way of getting a safely back in school. it is a way to save lives. your voice here is critical. since joining the cbc, i have fought hard to share science-based information about the vaccine. i know not everybody wants to hear from me. many want to hear from you. your employers, colleagues, trusted friends. thank you for being there with information and will amplify our message. when our rates are higher, our families and communities are safer and businesses can row and thrive. while it is true, relative to adults, fewer children have been sick with covid-19, there has been 490 pediatric deaths due to covid. i know that pales in comparison to the 600,000 total lives lost in this pandemic. those deaths should shock us. compared to the number of deaths
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for diseases which we vaccinate like the flu, during the 2019-2020 flu season, the worst flu season of the decade, there were 199 deaths. with covid-19, deaths are not the only concern. the accurate covid-19 disease puts our children at risk for multisystem inflammatory syndrome, a rare but serious complication which has affected more than 4000 children in the u.s. leading to 237 pediatric deaths. there is also long covid to worry about. we don't have the complete picture and data in this age group are limited. even children with mild cases of covid may face serious long-term effects. covid-19 vaccines for children can help parents get back to work. this is a special thing for our employers to be concerned with employee absenteeism. for more than a year, employers
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have had to develop strategies to support employees for children out of school. meanwhile, families have been expected to help manage the number of difficult challenges including remote learning, work, and other responsibilities. this is been especially deaf -- difficult for women in the workplace. they have had a distal portion of burden. a burden that employers of partly shouldered. for many parents, a major barrier to get them vaccinated are policies that don't provide the flexibility they need to attend these appointments or care for children recovering from vaccine side effects. this is especially challenging for hourly workers, part-time, or seasonal workers, low income workers, and workers from communities that have problems in accessing health care. these same communities that have been disproportionately impacted
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by the pandemic itself. we must work together to ensure parents seeking to vaccinate their children artfully supported. cdc -- are fully supported. see -- on the cdc website, you can search for cdc worker vaccine toolkit for information programs, faqs, and other resources to promote vaccinations in your organization. i applaud the health action alliance and the many greats that have come together to launch this unprecedented effort. i especially want to acknowledge the companies that have announced new actions to support employees and their families. i am confident that children of employees and the communities in which we operate will be healthier and safer as a result of these actions. i believe that your leadership will inspire a movement across the private sector to support
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policies to vaccinate children and keep them well for the future. thank you. i will turn things over back to stephen. >> it is shocking to hear those numbers of vaccination missed and the aggregating impact that can have. i gave herbert -- four b -- four being a part of this and your -- for. dr. munro, over to you. >> i am very pleased to welcome for extraordinary leaders from business and public health who are here today to emphasize why childhood vaccine is a business issue and how employers can remove barriers for working parents who have chosen to vaccinate their children. he was elected as the 2021
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president of the american academy of pediatrics, and organization of more than 67,000 pediatricians committed to the health and well-being of all infants, children, and young adults. he has also served as a professional pediatrics and a codirector for community health and advocacy at children's national hospital in washington dc. he is the ceo of chief executive for corporate purpose, a coalition of ceos that empower corporations to be a force of societal good. their members include more than 200 of the world's largest companies that collectively represent 11 $.3 trillion in revenues. 23 billion dollars in total community investment and more than 14 million employees.
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dr. cameron well was appointed by president biden as a senior policy advisor for covid-19 equity on the white house covid 19 response team. he helped shape national discourse and management of the covid-19 pandemic. by joining the administration, he was the director of health policy and equity at the university school of medicine. finally, she is the managing director and partner at boston consulting group where she is on the leadership team for their strategy and industrial goods practices. she has served as one of their principal advisors for fortune 500 companies on covid-19 response and reopening spirit welcome to all of our panelists. to kick us off, i am going going to you for the first question.
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as we just heard, and as we are looking at the data, it has been two months since the fda approved covid-19 vaccines for children aged 12 and older. and yet, just three and 10 -- three/10 are vaccinated. -- 3/10. can you tell us why these figures are concerning to us? share what keeps you up at night. >> thank you so much for that question. thank you to you and the health action alliance for hosting this important event today. i think we are so pleased to partner with everybody here and this effort. the thing that concerns me and i hope it concerns all of us the most is that seven/10 teens have not gotten a safe vaccine to
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protect them against the really potentially serious impacts and effects of covid. i think some people say to me, kids don't get covid or they don't get it that seriously. it is really important for us to recognize that while children don't get it as severely ill as adults do, they can still get quite sick. we have had 16,000 hospitalizations for children with covid and probably in undercount based on how the data is collected. when you think about it, children are generally pretty healthy. how does this compare to other causes of hospitalizations? this is the 10th reading because of that's for kids in the past year. this is a very serious infection and we have seen with the delta variant, we don't know what may happen with other variants. it seems to be spreading more easily amongst teenagers and young people. i think from an infectious
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disease side, i'm quite concerned but also when kids get covid, they have impacts like adults that last for months and months. we don't know what those long-term effects are, but the entire pandemic has effects on children's ability to do all the things that kids should do. all of those things are impacted. i will also say that if a child is affected by covid, it affects the whole family and community as well. it may affect their siblings were not vaccinated yet. parents will have to stay home to take care of them. pulling them away from work and putting stress on the family and on the community. i want to point out that this is really important that it is really important for our youth to get caught up in their other
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immunizations. we have seen a decline in that. we are worried and careful we may see other vaccines with preventable outbreaks if we don't get them vaccinated against covid and all their other vaccines as well. i am grateful for the question. lots of things worry me but lots of opportunity to get them safe and our family and cuties can be safe. >> i will turn to you next. the white house has prioritized the rapid rollout of the vaccine as a central part of the pandemic response strategy. yet, less than half of the u.s. population is fully vaccinated. as schools reopen for in person learning, how is the administration working to get more children vaccinated and what can businesses do the help? >> thank you so much for having
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me on this afternoon. it is great to chat with you all. anytime i get to talk about rapid deployment of the vaccine, my role is to remind folks that fast and equitable is one of our keys in making sure that communities have access to vaccines. and access being the primary focus. you wonder about people's intentions, you gotta make sure they have access to the vaccine. they are all over the country and now we have to double down on this idea and issue if -- that we continue to have. there are still a lot of folks unvaccinated. the number of teens and adolescents were not vaccinated yet who are not vaccinated yet. we hope to address that.
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we are continuing to encourage school-based vaccine clinics. that will be key and make sure there are resources there were looking on the hesitancy front. addressing vaccine confidence and doing a lot of work at the local level. you really have to get hyper local with these conversations. you have to understand the nuance, and concerns in every community. we do these campaigns for organizing individuals at the local level as the doctor said earlier. we are much more interested in hearing from your local physicians. over the weekend, i was working in a hospital at i'm back here in d.c. today. i think it is so important for us to realize that your pediatrician or family doctor or trusted health professional in your community is who you are inclined to listen to. ultimately, it's about
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understanding the facts. it's about understanding the signs. surgeon general is leading a large disinformation campaign to get good information into communities and highlight the amount of that information out there. i should acknowledge of course, your leadership has led to the cdc issuing guidance on reopening schools. that is another big thing from the administration. we are echoing that, especially with the technical stuff as well. this is only one piece of the success in our young people going back to school. i have a 10-year-old and a six-year-old excited to go back to school. we are focused on the health and safety. their well-being is very critical. that idea of feeling of belonging and community is very critical. we want to make sure we make that message loud and clear.
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this is stuff in the business community that we can do. the plants businesses are taking our creating opportunities to get vaccinated. what we hear so often is while they may be vaccinated, if i don't have time off from work to get vaccinated, or take my kids to get that said not once but twice, dealing with the symptoms may be having, they don't really have access. this is the key. this is a huge step. with that, i will turn it back. >> i will move the next question to you. it has been challenging for visitors large and small to manage a workforce through quarantines and illness. as the school year approaches, why should employers prioritized removing carriers and offering support for working parents who want to vaccinate their children?
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what is the business case for this? >> excellent question. first of all, the u.s. business community has been a driving force for vaccinations since the beginning. from the $500 million invested into add councils, the up to you campaign, to countless companies who have volunteered time and resources to support vaccination efforts. we have strong evidence at this point that employer actions and encouragement to move the needle. secondly, the business case is very compelling. there is of course the direct benefit. this helps both working parents to get back on a reliable basis. adolescent vaccination is key as you've heard here today to safely reopening schools and keeping them open. moreover, we talked a lot about the vaccine hesitant population. however, we really need to keep in mind that 38% of vaccinated
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adults continued to proceed -- receive high risk from covid. a significant driver of covid here among vaccinated adults is concerned about carrying covid home to their families. as such, encouraging vaccination of eligible children is a key piece to the solution for employers across the country that want to rebuild trust in the safety of their workplaces. >> building on that, let me turn to you. there been recent polling from the kaiser family foundation that just that adults were vaccinated are significantly more likely to work for a company to get them vaccinated and offers paid time off for them. shots and recover from side effects as well.
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can you share with us examples of businesses that have gone a step further for working parents to get themselves and their children vaccinated? >> thank you, dr. monroe. it is an honor to serve on this panel. feels like my iq has gone up. fellow uba dr. webb, and others as well. the trust looked at institutions across the u.s. unfortunately at the bottom of the list is --. government is only a little bit ahead. even ngos are not that strong. but trust in business, particularly in employers, the people i work with, is higher than it has ever been, in it is actually the most trusted of those four institutions. they have to play a role as a force for good. we are seeing companies do that
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in a number of areas, four areas in fact. one is providing quality information. somebody from the company who is also providing you a check, that place to work, but also being that place sharing information. our company ceo does a good job of going around the covid crisis. the tools being provided for somebody to really trust. with our workforce, also in spanish as well. secondary is access to vaccines, both for the employee but also for families of the employees. we have been 221 sites around the country. we know what is going on with cvs and walgreens in terms of getting access to all. i was talking to a good friend of mine, and they have vans showing up on a weekly basis to vaccinate employees. so ways that we can do that and eliminate barriers of vaccines
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to employees. that is really critical. companies are also providing centers for -- incentives for people to get vaccines. companies like raytheon, target and walmart, well over 150 million people visit them each week and consumers and their employers at target. lmart is providing cash compensation for people getting those done and also providing time off for employees to also help get families. varies and is providing childcare. so individual ways companies are doing. i think this kind of effort, because there is no roadmap, companies are learning as they are going. this report about what the leading practices are can help companies be a part of this and take this great challenge that the nation is facing. we are delighted. we think businesses can step up and do even more. >> thank you for that. it is inspiring to hear as folks
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are stepping up and doing creative things to inspire vaccine, the healthy choice is the easy choice, one of the mantras we have all used. let's dig a little deeper. thank you all for the series of questions, terrific. ddocto, according to recent polling, vaccine safety is a concern for many parents who are hesitant to vaccine their children against covid-19 and other diseases as well. what do you say to a parent who asks, "are these vaccines safe?" >> the first thing i say is, yes, they are safe and effective vaccines, and we have a really, really thoughtful and robust scientific process that vaccines go through before they are authorized for use. they are very safe and effective. i tell them that i feel confident that they are safe and
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effective, so confident that my own children have gotten the vaccine as soon as they were old enough, and as soon as they were eligible and they had access to them. so i have a 16 year old, and then a 13-year-old, he will be 13 tomorrow, and they were really enthusiastic about getting the vaccine. my husband is himself a pediatrician, and he and i really wanted them to get the vaccine. that -- the second thing is, it is important to have a conversation. this has been moving fast in terms of what we are learning and the information that is coming at people, there is a lot of misinformation out there that people are having to filter out. so it is ok to answer questions. as pediatricians, that is what we are therefore. we are working overtime answering everyone's questions. we want to do that because we want your kids to be safe and healthy and protected.
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the business community can be such an important partner in this, in making sure that we are really working together to ensure that families have that time to talk to their pediatricians, to talk through those questions that they might have, and to really spend the time that they need to make sure they feel comfortable with the health decisions they are making for their families. >> thank you for that. it is so true. folks should be able to ask questions and have their concerns heard, and get answers based on science and the best evidence. dr. webb at the white house, you advice the president on equity issues related to covid-19. companies around the country have committed to equity. can you explain why removing barriers for parents to get vaccines for their children is an equity issue? >> absolutely. i have to crank up the ac in
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between questions and crank it off. in any case, the conversations on equity in this country have evolved in the last couple of years. we are having a more heightened conversation on equity now than we have at any point in the past. access is so key. people have to be able to know what these vaccines are, they have to be available and accessible. i am glad they are affordable. there has to be all these things to create access, but equity is really just doubling down on what truly is access. the lesson we learned early on is woodhead a high profession -- we had a high population of individuals from different backgrounds who said, yes, i want to get vaccinated, but i am not vaccinated.
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we would ask why, what's the holdup? and it was more of a functional barrier. this is where employers are key. we saw it with older adults and now seeing it with adolescent --. you have to be able to reach the vaccine and get vaccinated. there are four areas that we look at in this equity conversation. the first is making sure that you have time to going get vaccinated. that is where the paid time off piece is so important. just by eliminating that financial pressure because he went to get vaccinated, we create that dynamic, or people are always going to say i will do what i can to navigate the pandemic. and want to put my family in dire straits financially. transportation.
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the president always talks about the 90% of americans have a vaccine within five miles. you can't get there if you don't have a ride. having transportation, companies have stepped up and made that possible. uber and lyft offering free rides. public transportation being offered. that is an equity conversation. so, then from a child care perspective, it is the same conversation -- am i going to take on the additional cost of getting care? if i can take another kid to get vaccinated, -- [indiscernible] i applaud them for the huge amount of work they have done. it is so key when we see this opportunity to say, you can
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leave your kids here. it is a trusted place, to make sure that you and you adolescents can get vaccinated as well. they can help people make a different decision. it is already hard for a lot of people. a lot of people are living with a lot of different dynamics. the last piece i will say before closing is this idea of trust. that is another place where on-site vaccination is so huge. having that space where people can come where they know they can trust eliminates one of those big barriers. that is the equity conversation. about how do we navigate this during the course of our own lives, but also help people move and what people are concerned about. you will see them done in a
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thoughtful and competent way. thank you for that>>. my next question actually is for amanda and darrell. amanda, i will have your answer first, and then darrell, the same question. today more than two dozen businesses and public health organizations have come together to: businesses to support working parents to choose to vaccinate their children by providing accurate information and removing barriers and offering flexible schedules -- paid time off or other support. why should businesses heed this call, given everything else that they are juggling? amanda? >> first and foremost this, continues to be a public health emergency. i am proud to be part of an organization that is serving so many organizations since day one. today research has shown that employer encouragement, pto, all
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the different levers that employers can pull are really effective. if we look at the recent survey, about 85% of member organizations have incentives in place today to encourage vaccination. so there is a lot of momentum to build on, a lot of compelling reasons around the public health emergency, as well as the many equity points that have been raised. what we are seeing and hearing clearly today is that now that vaccines are readily available in the u.s., really the major barriers for parents and getting their children vaccinated is around workplace policies that don't provide the flexibility needed to make the appointment, to attend the appointment, or to care for a child should there be side effects. so as employers, we are uniquely positioned to address these benefits, or to address these barriers. with the launch of this initiative today, we can clearly see momentum bleeding, and
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employers willing to lead in, which is more that we can do. the survey suggests around 80% of respondents have on site vaccination clinics, but only around 80% of those are vaccinating beyond their actual employees. so, at bcg, we have recently extended our on site vaccine clinics to include vaccine -eligible children and all family members. our ceo, rich lesser, who leads the covid task force, is now calling on other member organizations to join this important call to action so we really feel there is a compelling business case and equity consideration. >> that is terrific. >> great. thanks, amanda. and it is really easy, we are delighted to count as one of the companies thanks to the business roundtable, who really play a leadership role, something we will continue to do. i think the business case we have is that it is certainly a
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public health issue we can all address. second, while we get to do this on a zoom call, for frontline workers those who are working , often in hourly jobs, factory floors, retail and shops and bakeries around the country, this has been a really challenging past year and they didn't get to do zoom calls. this is where most of our employees are. it is also disproportionately people of color. we know businesses are facing a challenge getting people to come back to work. it has been one of the major challenges companies face. is it safe to get back? how am i going to do it with my kid? how will i handle the childcare. so companies looking to get people back to work, this is an opportunity to do so, to find ways to share that relevant information, also provide ways that employees can be there, the
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safety of their employees. and we can have times down the road where we could have higher levels of absentees and the like . [indiscernible] the numbers are too many, and they are getting conflicting information. so there are powerful stories we can tell, as leaders of organizations, talking with people on a one-on-one basis, sharing concerns. how do we help to drive that is an organization throughout our groups, to help provide those powerful stories and kind of get back to the kids and the grandma and all the rest of those, it will just be critically important. >> building on that a little bit, what do you say to companies that may be concerned about the negative [inaudible] they received when employees and
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customers feel that vaccines are not right for their children? how should you respond to the criticism? and amanda you may have a comment about that as well? >> one of the things is don't back people into a corner. listen to what their issues are, share with them the research they have, encouraged them to talk with their medical professional. and people who they really trust in their lives, particularly may be fellow employees. it might be their local minister for certain populations. it might be elders. think about it in different ways rather than it is the cdc telling you what to do. this is something we talk about with our ceos, we talk about this is a patriotic thing to do. probably the greatest terror attack in a sense -- not being able to go to different places -- that we are facing as a nation. hundreds of thousands of lives
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lost. millions of jobs lost from the economy. how do we step up? if this was an attack from outside, we would respond. you recognize different segments of the population will need to respond in different ways. we need to meet people where they are. i think moving from the statistics to the story, to how this is part of our overall american community, will help us throughout this issue. >> thank you. amanda, anything you can add to that? >>? >> i agree with all of that. just a reminder, this is not having employers telling their employees what to do with the request breast-feeding their children, it is about removing barriers, providing trusted facts. we have found that the pushback that has arisen throughout this crisis has really created an opportunity for engagement, for dialogue, so you can engage with skeptics and create understanding and better communication. so this is an absolutely fair
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question. that pushback, again, is a great opportunity to engage the skeptics and meet them where they are. >> and we need to look at this not as a red or blue issue, but really as a red, white, and blue issue. we can all come together and help address this awful thing we are dealing with. >> thank you for that. dr. beers, did you want to add anything? >> i just want to express my appreciation for the partnership that we have with this community. i think our colleagues here really expressed so eloquently that, your employees trust you and you know them, and you know each other, so it is a great place to really be sharing information and helping to break down those practical barriers. in pediatrics and in medicine, we have been doing everything we can to do our part, having
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evening clinics and weekend clinics to increase our access. going to where patients are as much as we can. we are so appreciative of the partnership with the business community, to make sure that every parent who wants to get their child vaccinated or has questions can get that support. >> thank you. dr. webb, we have an audience question. you mentioned the 4 functional barriers and elaborated on two , they would like to hear more on the last two barriers that you mentioned. can you elaborate on that? >> paid time off is the first one, childcare was the second one. transportation was the third one, and then familiar location. that is one way of looking at it. the challenges vary in many locations.
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but the crosscutting ones are ones that we can address. >> will stick with you, dr. webb. as a senior advisor on president biden's covid-19 response team, what one message would you like to leave with business leaders who are participating today? >> i think back to when i joined this administration on january 20 and i heard president biden talked about how it was necessary. thinking back to working in my hospital, i worked in the coronavirus unit, and i remember what it felt like to us, the entire hospital staff, everybody was, like, i will do my part to take care of these people, to get us through the pandemic. every time we went out, we were worried about what could come
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your way. but seeing those essential workers, those who were there every single day to keep our communities running, that is an all-american response. across the course of this pandemic, the needs of every group have varied at every point in time, but right now in this moment where so many people are ready for the end of this pandemic, when we have so many young people who we need to protect, you heard dr. walensky talk about the number of young people who have passed away from covid, which is entirely tragic. and then you have so many more who are having ongoing symptoms from this virus, and the variant that is spreading fast. what it is calling all of us to do, what can i do? to help make sure my community is protected? make sure my employees are protected, help make sure our society keeps moving forward? today was a key part of that.
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that is critical to that effort. but that modicum of self-examination, of institutional examination, is really what we need. keep going, keep pushing, and we will bring this thing to an end. >> thank you for that. when i served as state health officer in indiana, one of my favorite questions to ask audiences when it came to public health issues was, what part of the problem do you own, and which part of the solution can you come to the table with, what can you bring to bear to help us? so we are all in this. i want to give a hearty thank you to all of our panelistss, dr. beers, dr. webb, mr. brewster and mr. bremmer for your time today and for your valuable insight. and on behalf of the health national alliance and/or partners, thank you for your leadership on such an important topic. i would like to welcome back stephen levine from the health
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action alliance. he will share more about the two dozen organizations that have come together to champion this action for childhood vaccinations and to share new tools and resources that we are making available to support employer outreach. stephen, over to you. >> thank you, dr. munro. what a really informative, interesting set of conversations. thanks again to all of our speakers that provided a really important perspective on this critical phase of the pandemic response. it is exciting to see what can happen when major business and public health leaders come together to tackle such a critical challenge. thank you. as we talked about, working parents have been helping children manage a number of difficult challenges throughout the pandemic, including navigating remote learning for the first time while also balancing work and numerous other responsibilities. those unable to do so either lost their jobs or had to make
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the difficult decision to stop working in order to care for their families. as doctors walensky and webb both stressed earlier, this has been especially difficult for women in the workforce and particularly those in lower -income families and from communities of color. getting children reliably back into in-person school environments will strengthen learning and improve mental , social, and physical well-being for millions of children. and helping those schools stay open will create opportunities for millions of parents to reliably return to the workforce and to the workplace , strengthening our economy at a critical moment during this recovery. new research from the kaiser family foundation has shown that employers can drive significant increases in vaccine uptake among their workers by sharing vaccine facts and by making it easier for workers to get vaccinated and recover from those side effects. offering paid time off and
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hosting on-site vaccination clinics have proven to be especially effective strategies. importantly employers are one of , the most trusted sources of information when it comes to covid-19 vaccines, just behind doctors. a full 72% of adults say that they trust their employer for reliable information about covid-19 vaccines. your workers trust you and they are relying on you for both the facts and for support to help them navigate the pandemic today . more than two dozen organizations have come together to: employers to support working parents who want to vaccinate eligible children. importantly, this impressive coalition includes some of the nation's top business and public health associations, including the business roundtable, the american public health association, the covid collaborative, national safety council, rural america chamber of commerce, u.s. chamber of
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commerce foundation, and the u.s. hispanic chamber of commerce among many others. we want to thank all of our partners for their leadership on this critical issue today. this coalition of partners is encouraging employers to consider the following actions to support working parents in their workforce. provide paid time off or flexible scheduling for working parents to attend vaccine appointments with their children who are eligible for covid-19 vaccines to care for children recovering from vaccine side effects, and to catch up on other routine immunizations that may have been delayed during the pandemic. all for transportation and language support, or internet access for scheduling appointments. connect families to free or discounted childcare if they need support managing care for multiple children during childhood vaccinations. all for employees incentives to help them get their eligible children vaccinated. and partner with local health , departments to host on site or mobile vaccination clinics for
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employees and their families. they are also encouraging employers to sustain these policies when younger children become eligible for covid-19 vaccines, which is anticipated later this year, or early 2022. to support the outreach, the health action alliance and the american academy of pediatrics have created a comprehensive employer toolkit that includes recommended actions, messages and communication tools, fact sheets and faqs for employees, a comprehensive video series about vaccines, and links to tools and resources from the cdc the , academy of pediatrics, and many of our other partners. we will be adding content in the weeks ahead to the toolkit to make sure you have everything you need to activate throughout august and beyond. all these resources can be found on our website, healthaction
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.org/resources. everyone attending today's event will receive them in their inbox as well. before we conclude today's event, i want to share some exciting news about several corporate leaders who are announcing new commitments today for working parents in response to our call to action. their quick and decisive action is a powerful first step and we applaud their efforts. each of these companies on your screen right now are making specific commitments support employees who are working parents as they navigate and encourage their their children to get vaccinated as well. a few examples include labour, who is announcing today that they are providing additional paid time off for their employees to take their children to their vaccine appointments, to care for children recovering from vaccine side effects, and to catch up on their pediatric visits that they may have missed during the pandemic. also today, hill holliday is announcing unlimited paid time
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off for vaccine appointments, and wellness visits for their employees. the company will host on-site family vaccine clinics when there offices reopen. we hope your company will take actions to support working parents on your workforce will want to vaccinate their eligible children. we are collecting company actions can best practices on our website so we can highlight your leadership and inspire the movement. if you would like to share your company actions with us, you can do so in a link in the chat, or reach out directly to us at >> the director of the cdc and dr. anthony fauci and other members of the code response team testify in front of the house committee on c-span3. or listen on the free c-span radio app. >> c-span is your unfiltered view of government. funded by these television
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