Northwest Credit Unions Provide Greater Access to COVID-19 Vaccines
Across the Northwest, credit unions are volunteering, hosting clinics, and offering incentives to help with coronavirus vaccination efforts.
In true “People Helping People” fashion, credit unions are jumping in to help their employees and communities get access to COVID-19 vaccines.
They’re teaming up with local organizations, providing volunteers, hosting on-site vaccine clinics, and offering employees incentives to get vaccinated.
Since the onset of the pandemic, Idaho Central Credit Union has been a staunch supporter of Crush the Curve Idaho, a nonprofit organization founded by Idaho businesses that aims to empower Idahoans to help fight and defeat COVID-19. The credit union hosted coronavirus testing sites throughout 2020 and helped conduct thousands of tests. Recently, ICCU staff volunteered at Crush the Curve Idaho’s “Vaccinate the 208” pop-up clinics around the Treasure Valley.
ICCU President and CEO, Kent Oram, said supporting the organization and cause is important for keeping Idaho’s businesses open and safe.
“Vaccinate the 208 has done more than 8,000 vaccines over the past couple weeks,” he said. “Our Business Development team enjoys being involved and supporting this cause. They have loved making a meaningful difference in the health of our communities during this time.”
In Medford, Oregon, Rogue Credit Union recently successfully hosted its first vaccine event, where team members had the opportunity to receive vaccinations at no cost from the convenience of their workplace.
“The health and wellness of our team members is a focus for our organization,” said Rogue President, Matt Stephenson. “Providing our teams with easy, no-cost access to vaccines, from the COVID-19 vaccine to annual flu shots, is just one way we can provide value for our staff, who then turn around and provide value for our members.”
STCU is partnering with the city of Liberty Lake and the Washington National Guard to host a mobile vaccination site at its headquarters. The mobile clinic is located in the credit union’s parking lot, where Air National Guardsmen administer vaccines through a centralized vaccination sign-up system. The first vaccination event took place on May 7, and another is scheduled for June 4.
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, based in Anchorage, also hosted a drive-thru vaccine event a few weeks ago, helping to keep families, colleagues, and the community safe.
In an effort to bring back its remote workers as soon as possible, Maps Credit Union in Salem is encouraging its employees to get vaccinated by offering a cash incentive. The credit union surveyed its staff members to gain an understanding of their vaccination plans. The results showed 58% of staff said they would definitely get the vaccine, 21% said they would not get the vaccine, and 21% were undecided.
Hoping to improve those numbers, the Maps leadership team decided to offer $100 to every staff member who sent a copy of their vaccination card with proof of being fully vaccinated. Cards slowly began to trickle in and have now become a steady flow as vaccines become more accessible. The credit union acknowledges that some staff members may not be able to receive the vaccine due to health or religious reasons. Any employee who indicates they are unable to receive the vaccine for those reasons is also eligible to receive the $100.
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