Human Resource Executive, October 7, 2021

Organizations looking to verify that their workforces are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have plenty of options.

With President Biden’s recent announcement that employers with at least 100 employees will soon need to start mandating vaccines or requiring weekly COVID-19 testing—all while companies continue to debate safely having employees return to the office—a new breed of HR technology has emerged to advance workplace safety in the age of COVID: vaccination tracking tools.

Vaccination tracking tools work as either stand-alone applications that operate through employees’ smartphones or that reside in an organization’s HR portal. Some tracking solutions allow employees to upload their vaccination card or permit an HR representative to verify that the vaccine card is not fraudulent. Others are being developed that can track which employees have received COVID-19 booster shots as well as standard seasonal flu shots. And some can even be used to provide proof at establishments outside of the workplace that a person has been vaccinated.

Regardless of the focus of the growing number of tools hitting the market, it’s clear that demand is high.

“The biggest challenge for organizations in general has been having to constantly manually update according to the latest information and regulations,” says Jim Wetekamp, CEO of Riskonnect, which offers an app called COVID-19 Immunization Tracker in its cloud-based portal. The solution “gives organizations the ability to keep up with regulatory changes automatically … no matter how these mandates and regulations evolve,” he says.

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