With COVID cases still climbing, the Chamber hopes to provide its members with the resources they need to operate safely and prevent workplace spread.
Access to vaccines
The Oklahoma State Department of Health is rolling out vaccines to Oklahomans in phases. To read more about these phases, what phase Oklahoma is currently on or to complete a questionnaire to be notified when you are eligible for a vaccine visit vaccinate.oklahoma.gov. When you are notified that you are eligible you will be provided a link to book an appointment. For those in the OKC area eligible for a vaccine, in addition to the link in the email from the state’s vaccination portal, you can also try to visit www.vaxokc.com to schedule an appointment through other providers. While not associated with the Oklahoma State Department of Health, vaccine-alerts.com may be helpful locating available vaccines in the Oklahoma State Department of Health or IMMY system for those who may be willing to drive to the surrounding communities where there may be an available vaccine. Employers or employees with questions or concerns about vaccine safety, benefits, side effects and more should visit www.occhd.org/covid-19vaccine.
Oklahoma Tribes are also receiving an allotment of vaccines and may be using their own set of phases to distribute vaccines to their populations. Find information on Chickasaw, Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Seminole, or check with the tribe of which you are a member.
Access to PPE
The Oklahoma Department of Commerce partnered with the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber and the Tulsa Regional Chamber to provide a directory of companies supplying Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other supplies needed for operating according to guidelines set forth by the CDC and in the Open Up & Recover Safely Plan. View the PPE Source Directory at okcommerce.gov/ppe-source-directory/.
If your company supplies PPE and other supplies and wishes to be included in this list, complete the supplier form. The Department of Commerce also has links to official guidance PDFs for a variety of particular business types at okcommerce.gov/covid19/ours-plan/.
Employers should be familiar with OSHA’s response to workplace safety and coronavirus exposure. OSHA has issued guidance to cover three of the main questions: how should employers protect their employees; do employers have to record cases of COVID-19 on their injury logs; and how will OSHA conduct enforcement related to Coronavirus? Read more in this fact sheet from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
In addition to local guidelines and proclamations, businesses might find the following helpful:
Medical/ dental / etc
Gyms / Outdoor recreation
Entertainment/movie theaters / bowling / sporting venues
Places of worship