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