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CEOs helping with getting vaccine out there

  • 1.  CEOs helping with getting vaccine out there

    Posted 5 days ago
    Dear CUESNetters:

    I'd like to get your take on something I'm reading and mulling on if you'd be so kind. It comes from's regular CEO/leadership e-newsletter. What do think about the below? Should credit unions get involved as this is suggesting? Why or why not?

    What will it take to beat Covid? At the DealBook summit yesterday, Dr. Anthony Fauci gave us an idea. He said at least 75 percent of Americans-that's about 250 million people-would need to receive a Covid-19 vaccine for it to have a real impact on halting the pandemic in the United States. Even setting aside logistics issues, "this is going to be a difficult task," Fauci said. "We've got to do outreach, we've got to be transparent, and we've got to get public health issues out of the realm of political divisiveness. This is not a political issue."

    How can CEOs help? We turned to Fred Hassan, the former chairman and CEO of Schering-Plough and Pharmacia and a director at Amgen and Intrexon, for ideas. In an essay for Chief Executive, Hassan shares thoughts on the vaccines now approaching the market, as well as tips on getting your people to take them:

      • Deploy gentle persuasion and symbolism to get the vaccination rate as high as possible in your company.
      • Give time off for your employees to get vaccinated, whether it's a single-dose vaccine or a booster shot three weeks later.
      • CEOs and members of senior management should make a public display of their personal vaccinations.
      • Clearly emphasize that talk of the vaccine being a "Trump vaccine" is nonsense. "We are just witnessing good science," says Hassan.
    "CEOs now need to get their people to visualize that the light at the end of the tunnel may be there as early as four months away," writes Hassan. "It means only four more months to keep making the sacrifices to keep Covid-19 at bay and to team up and to emerge with competitive strength at the other end of the tunnel." Boy, I hope so. Read the full article >

    Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts!

    Warm regards,

    Lisa Hochgraf
    Senior Editor

  • 2.  RE: CEOs helping with getting vaccine out there

    Posted 5 days ago
    A PBS News Hour correspondent, John Yang, spoke last week about being one of the people in the trial. He stated that the first injection made him somewhat ill for about 5 days. The second one felt much worse, but only lasted for one day. In light of that and what has been written about side effects to the Pfizer vaccine I am considering encouraging people to stagger their vaccinations. Since we have a number of new people without much sick leave accumulated I will also provide extra time off if the side effects are too severe.

    Michael Daugherty
    Community Plus FCU
    Rantoul IL

  • 3.  RE: CEOs helping with getting vaccine out there

    Posted 4 days ago
    I find these suggestions to be creepy, to put it bluntly. I am definitely not an anti-vaxxer, my whole family gets them. But it's also a personal decision and I would encourage people to do their research (from good and actual scientific sources) and make their own decisions. If someone from the company made a grandiose display of their vaccination I would be really turned off. Maybe providing some sources to learn more would be a good start instead of persuasion and symbolism. Giving time off for it is a great idea. If a whole team or department decides to do it, they should all stagger so if they all end up ill for a few days like Michael mentioned, we won't have a whole team missing.

    Amanda Kaye
    Compliance Coordinator
    Del-One FCU
    Dover, DE