Support for COVID-19 Vaccine Pledge

Canadian business leaders are pledging to support the national vaccine effort.
WesternIM just signed the pledge.
Read more about it here, and get your company involved too. https://bit.ly/2Y4jc4i

COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Pledge
While as business leaders we cannot make shipments of the vaccine arrive any sooner, we can take action within our own spheres of influence. 

The Council of Canadian Innovators issued a callout to all Canadian business and technology leaders to sign a new pledge to give employees time off to get the COVID-19 vaccine later this year when it becomes more widely available.

WesternIM along with many technology leaders want to encourage, educate and communicate so we can get a critical mass of people vaccinated as soon as possible and reduce deaths and reduce economic harm.

Our Pledge

It has been more than 300 days since the World Health Organization formally declared COVID-19 as a global pandemic, and then the world turned upside down.

For many of us, it has been that long since we saw the inside of our offices, since we saw our coworkers face-to-face, since we’ve experienced anything close to business as usual.

As we approach the one-year mark of the global pandemic, we can hold onto a glimmer of hope. Vaccines are already being administered to high-priority populations, and in the coming months, we are eagerly anticipating our turn to receive the shot. As Canadian business leaders, we want to do everything in our power to support the mass-vaccination effort; we cannot make shipments of vaccine arrive any sooner, but we can take action within our own sphere of influence, which is the companies we run which collectively employ tens of thousands of Canadians.

As business leaders, we pledge to do what we can to support vaccination, and we are calling on other businesses to join us.

To support this goal, we are pledging to take several specific actions as business leaders:

  • We pledge that we will provide reliable information from public health agencies to our employees, so that they can know about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine, and they can understand why it is so important for all of us to receive our shot. As public health officials make new information available, we pledge to echo those communications and make sure our employees are aware of the most up-to-date information.
  • We pledge, as soon as the shots are available to the wider population, we will be providing information about where, when and how people can be vaccinated.
  • We pledge that we will encourage our employees to get vaccinated during company time, because making this happen is more important than business as usual.

By making this pledge, we want to send a message to our workforce, to our employees’ families, and to Canada as a whole, is that this isn’t business as usual, and the vaccination effort needs to be a top priority for Canada. We want to do our part and we’re encouraging all business leaders in Canada to join us in making this pledge.

https://www.thestar.com/business/2021/01/22/canadian-tech-companies-pledge-to-give-staff-time-to-get-covid-19-vaccinations.html?rf