Vaccine Rollout, Continued Infections, and the Workforce

Every American (16 years of age or older) is now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination, and many employers are turning to DHS-approved on-site clinics to facilitate vaccination of their workers. The juxtaposition of increased vaccination rates and ongoing infections and missed work invites a host of new questions—e.g., whether to mandate, encourage, or stand silent on vaccination; and the interaction between vaccinated and unvaccinated employees (“can we all take our masks off now?”). 

One such issue relates to travel, as new CDC (federal) and DHS (Wisconsin) guidance provide different restrictions relative to one’s vaccination status. In other words, fully vaccinated employees may safely return to work after travel much sooner than those who are not vaccinated.