With the Oxford and Pfizer vaccines currently being rolled out and the Moderna vaccine becoming the third COVID jab approved in the UK, employers are now one step closer to getting their businesses back up and running again.
BrightHR, the international HR software and employment law advice service, has invested half a million pounds in its brand-new feature VaccTrak. The feature will help employers protect their people and operate a safer workplace for those essential services that remain open currently or that will reopen post-lockdown. VaccTrak is aimed at both BrightHR’s new and existing clients, many of whom work in sectors that have been under strict restrictions for months, and are desperate to open their businesses in the safest way possible, but who need the expert COVID-related software, tools and support to do so.
VaccTrak .is a brand-new tool that lets employers quickly update their employees’ BrightHR profiles to record who’s had the vaccine and who’s still on the waiting list. The unique feature allows businesses to download an Employee Information report, which lists all employees, their vaccination status, and a percentage of the workforce that has received a vaccination. This tool will be a particular asset for all healthcare and care sectors, helping to reduce the risk of transmission, which is paramount to their work.
Alan Price, CEO at BrightHR, said: “With two vaccines currently being rolled out and another just approved, there is finally light at the end of the tunnel for employers. Our brand-new tool makes it easy for employers to record who’s had the COVID-19 vaccine and who’s still on the waiting list—helping to protect their people and their businesses throughout the pandemic.
“It’s our mission at BrightHR to make it easier for employers to run their businesses. These past 11 months have been incredibly tough, but we believe that with cutting-edge software and services like VaccTrak, business owners and employers will come out of this pandemic stronger than ever.”
Not only could vaccine reporting mean a quicker return to the office, but it could also see a quicker return to other “normal” aspects of life. New research from myGP that has revealed that 92% of public-facing businesses would consider inviting vaccinated customers back into their premises, en masse, as a short-term, but urgent lifeline
Majority of owners of retail, hospitality, leisure and travel businesses expect to request proof of vaccination status before granting entry to special ‘at capacity’ events The research comes as confidence in the Government’s support packages continues to falter.
Tobias Alpsten, CEO of iPLATO Healthcare and myGP comments on why so many businesses – including the NHS – can benefit from using the vaccination status checker as a temporary ‘business survival’ measure:
“There are more than six million businesses on their knees in the UK today, which not only impacts the economy, but also the mental and physical health of their owners and employees.
“Many of the businesses we have spoken with about introducing ‘temporary access events’ for vaccinated customers are calling it a short-term lifeline – a way to get the tills ringing as soon as possible, as they make a slow return to a ‘new normal’.
“Considering that 38% of people in the UK aged 75-84 and 59%of those aged 85+ live alone, getting out, once fully vaccinated, is going to be a vital part of their health and social recovery, which will help to alleviate the strain on the UK’s NHS and social care system.”