Summit: Firms should try outreach to reduce COVID-19 vaccine refusals

SEEKING A REMEDY: One of the panel discussions at Providence Business News’ 2021 Fall Health Care Summit focused on the COVID-19 vaccine and the workplace. Participating was, clockwise from top left, Matthew Reeber, partner at at Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC; Thomas McCarthy, executive director of Rhode Island’s COVID-19 Response Team; Dr. Christopher Ottiano, medical director at Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island; Michele Lederberg, executive vice president, chief administrative officer and chief legal officer at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island; Lisa Abbott, Lifespan Corp. senior vice president for human resources and community affairs; Dr. Robert MacArthur, chief medical officer at Commonwealth Care Alliance; and moderator PBN Editor Michael Mello.
SEEKING A REMEDY: One of the panel discussions at Providence Business News’ 2021 Fall Health Care Summit focused on the COVID-19 vaccine and the workplace. Participating was, clockwise from top left, Matthew Reeber, partner at at Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC; Thomas McCarthy, executive director of Rhode Island’s COVID-19 Response Team; Dr. Christopher Ottiano, medical director at Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island; Michele Lederberg, executive vice president, chief administrative officer and chief legal officer at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island; Lisa Abbott, Lifespan Corp. senior vice president for human resources and community affairs; Dr. Robert MacArthur, chief medical officer at Commonwealth Care Alliance; and moderator PBN Editor Michael Mello.
Private businesses with more than 100 employees could learn a lesson from Rhode Island’s health care facilities. When Gov. Daniel J. McKee set an Oct. 1 deadline for health workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, many of those facilities launched outreach campaigns, targeting employees who were leery of getting the shots. In the end, few…

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