COVID-19: Workforce Considerations

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The COVID-19 (the coronavirus disease) pandemic and related efforts to manage its spread has significant impacts to employees, their families and companies. The Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) at Iowa State University can help connect your business to the resources and experts related to workforce issues to help you work through these challenges.

Below are some resources to assist you manage and support your workforce and business:

CIRAS Checklists & Guides

Mandatory Vaccine Policy Template
Voluntary Vaccine Policy Template
Employee Self-Screening Tool
Supporting an Effective Telecommuting Workforce

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

ALERT: New Tax Credits Support On-the-clock Vaccination
ISU Extension & Outreach Partnering with IDPH on COVID-19 Vaccination Education Webinars

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH)

IPDH COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Dashboard
View data on vaccine doses administered in the state, and find vaccine providers near you.
IPDH Webinar on COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Business, Industry, & Agriculture (01/08/2021)
Slides for IDPH webinar on 01/08/2021
IPDH COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy
IPDH COVID-19 Vaccination Information for the Public
Iowa’s Immunization Registry Information System (IRIS)

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

CDC COVID Data Tracker – Vaccinations in the US
CDC’s Roadmap to Implementing Pandemic Influenza Vaccination of Critical Workforce
CDC Consent Elements and Disclosures for Workplace Testing
CDC Pandemic Vaccine Program. Distribution, Tracking, and Monitoring

Information Sources

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Iowa Department of Human Services

CIRAS Webinars

Changes to the FFCRA
Communication During COVID-19
Employees Reluctant to Return to Work
Testing Employees


If your business is impacted by COVID-19, CIRAS can provide no-cost assistance to help you understand your next steps. CIRAS has an emergency response team in place to help guide you through the recovery process. Fill out our Contact Us form and we’ll be in touch with you.