Reporting on Wellness Programs and Vaccinations in Washington State

Sixteen Washington Health Alliance purchaser/employer members participated in a survey of wellness programs and vaccination rates. Survey participants ranged in size from fewer than 100 to more than 25,000 employees/members. The survey was conducted at the request of Washington House Representative My-Linh Thai, who has special interest in how purchasers incentivize vaccines through wellness programs.

Of the respondents, more than two-thirds, (69%) said they require their employees to be vaccinated. Nearly 80% reported having a health promotion or wellness program, but only 31% included vaccinations as part of it. Several employers reported providing special incentives to members for getting vaccinated, including an additional day off, allowing vaccinations during work hours, and a 10% reduction in insurance premiums. Of those that did not already include vaccinations in their wellness program, one-third indicated that they would consider adding the benefit.

The Alliance appreciates these businesses, union trusts, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations that participated in the survey, working together to improve health care in Washington state.

Association of Washington Cities Port of Seattle
Bloodworks Northwest Puget Sound Energy
City of Seattle Seattle Metro Chamber
Davis Wright Tremaine SEIU 775 Benefits Group
Foster Garvey PC The Boeing Company
King County Washington Health Benefit Exchange
Perkins Coie, LLP Washington Health Care Authority
Point B Washington Teamsters Welfare Trust

Published: May 2, 2022

About Washington Health Alliance

The Washington Health Alliance is a place where stakeholders work collaboratively to transform Washington state’s health care system for the better. The Alliance brings together organizations that share a commitment to drive change in our health care system by offering a forum for critical conversation and aligned efforts by stakeholders: purchasers, providers, health plans, consumers and other health care partners. The Alliance believes strongly in transparency and offers trusted and credible reporting of progress on measures of health care quality and value. The Alliance is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit with more than 185 member organizations. A cornerstone of the Alliance's work is the Community Checkup, a report to the public comparing the performance of medical groups, hospitals and health plans and offering a community-level view on important measures of health care quality (www.wacommunitycheckup.org).

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